TCWT: As anyone who reads (or writes) teen fiction knows, “Young Adult” covers a wide breadth of genres, from comedy to romance to horror. Should YA fiction be broken up into categories as adult fiction is?
ZH: Absolutely, there is such a huge audience of middle schoolers and teens and because there are so many young readers with different tastes, like adults, I really think that it should be broken into categories. Not all YA fiction is alike.
“So wrong for each other…and yet so right.” I will admit, when I first saw the cover and tagline of Pushing the Limits I was a little skeptical. A bad boy and a good girl? I thought I’d read this story before, but boy was I wrong! Noah and Echo’s stories are deep, tear-jerking tales where the heart of the matter is the importance of family and trust.
Echo Emerson was the beautiful, smart, popular redhead who had the hottest boyfriend in school and then one night changed everything– a night she doesn't even remember. Now she's a social outcast with a dysfunctional family who refuses to tell her what happened. The best adult character in Echo's life is her clinical social worker, Mrs. Collins (more on her later).
The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut via Kami Garcia
I spent my last months at Know Your Meme dumping viewcount and pageview data into Gephi, convinced that there were repeatable shapes to “meme” spread (there were and there are, I just ran out of time before I could get a bunch of brains together to figure out what any of it meant.)
And recently, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Matt Locke’s Audience Shapes — the idea that there are distinguishable ‘shapes’ to TV viewing behavior.
So it’s reaffirming to see that someone like Vonnegut was thinking the same way, sensing patterns where they couldn’t be seen. I am not alone in my madness.
Wow! I can't believe it! It's only been a year since I've had this blog and look how far I've come! I've gotten into my dream high school, started 4 VERY different novels, got a dog (my Havanese Riley), and I've become a smarter, stronger, and more sensitive person...so for ALL of that I'm thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Eat lots of food and have fun with your families!
Jasper (Jazz) Dent, the protagonist in Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers is the son of Billy Dent, the infamous serial killer. His father's idea of "take your kid to work day" was to make his son help him clean up evidence, and like a teenage Dexter, Jazz has killing in his blood.
With his father incarcerated, he lives with his insane paternal grandmother. His mother has disappeared a few years back and Jazz is convinced Billy killed her, but when he has disturbing dreams of his father coaching him on killing, Jazz begins to fear that he's destined to become a serial killer like his dad.
Fire by Kristin Cashore is a fast-paced YA novel filled with political intrigue, adventure, and romance. It is the second book in the Graceling Realm Trilogy. According to the author, while Fire is a prequel that takes place 30 years before the events of the first book in the trilogy (Graceling), it can act as a stand-alone novel in its own right. It works to read the books in trilogy or chronological order; that’s up to the individual.
Fire is a monster; she can read and control minds. Fire is a human monster with the power to read and control minds, but she doesn't want this power; she never asked for it and only at the urging of her loved ones will she use it for self-defense. When intruders are found near her home and inside the King's City, Fire has no choice but to claim her power, at the risk of potentially becoming like her cruel and tyrannical father, in order to protect herself and save the Dells from impending war.
So, despite my annoying school papers, presentations, etc… I have to remember that I’m giving a French presentation on Les Misérables (my FAVORITE musical) and a History paper on Fairytales! So at least those topics will help me through the long haul…but it’s still just SO MUCH work…
So, after 9 straight days of no school, I have to study (cram) for 2 tests, a Poetry paper (God, that’s hard), and 2 source papers on books describing the dark and twisted aspects of fairytales…FUn SCHOOL. (Just read the CAPS for my real message.
Okay, gotta go and study! Reblog this if you sympathize, empathize, or just find this funny.
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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