Friday, June 17, 2011

Y is for...


YA

That's Young Adult, for those unfamiliar with the different writing genres. Although really, YA is not an actual genre; more like a category, a section on the shelf. But that's an argument all in itself. Genre, to me, means the suborder in which the novel/story falls: historical, paranormal, science fiction, contemporary, etc. For instance, my WIP is a young adult steampunk.

All right, enough with the analyzing. Why do I love YA? Because in most cases the emotion runs so much deeper. How can it not? We're dealing with teenagers (usually) or characters close to their teen years. They cry, laugh, love, and get all angsty and emo in between. And what kind of story does that give us? One full of conflict. An emotional roller coaster. It's great fun, adventurous. Throws your feelings to the very edge of insanity, makes 'em teeter for a solid chapter or two, then yanks 'em back for another round of stop-and-go. Tiring? At times, yes. But shouldn't every story reach out and grab you like that? I certainly think so.

If you're a YA lover like me, what books are your favorites? What authors? And why?

Here are a few--and only a few, because to list all of 'em would take a while--favorites I've purchased and read over the past several weeks, all of which I enjoyed for the same reason: The stories were/are simply too memorable to ever forget.

The Hunger Games Trilogy
by Suzanne Collins

Falling Under
by Gwen Hayes

Ethereal
by Addison Moore

13 Reasons Why
by Jay Asher

Clockwork Angel
by Cassandra Clare

The Iron Duke
by Meljean Brook

Peace, Love, Junior Mints, and Happy Reading,

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BREA said...

13 Reasons Why author Jay Asher is in my new writing group! He announced at the last meeting Universal is going to do a movie based on the book and it looks like Selena Gomez will be Hannah.

Also a lot of the landmarks in the book are actual landmarks from here in town!! Kind of cool!

He is very nice!

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