Why do YA books matter?
As a twenty-four-year-old guy, it is perhaps surprising to some that one of my favourite genres is Young Adult Fiction. For many people who dislike the YA genre for whatever reason, that statement goes against what they envisage the typical reader to be (a teenage girl who reads Twilight). The genre is brimming with excellent stories- most I have not had the pleasure of reading yet- but it is also a shining beacon in the publishing industry that seems to be frozen in time with regards to the workforce, and the stories that are published. Here is a blog post that talks about the many plus points of the YA industry.
The YA genre has become the leading light in regards to representation of people from all backgrounds and identities. They are leading the way with more books concerning racial diversity, LGBT characters, mental health issues, female heroines and sexuality than any other genre at the moment. It is undoubtedly the genre that is the most diverse and that discusses real issues that are not given much coverage in other genres.
The genre, as viewed from the outside, receives a snobbish response by some adults who seem to have the viewpoint that every YA author is trying to write the next Harry Potter or Twilight series, and that the readers are teenagers that they view as ‘millennial snowflakes’.
One example of someone with this shared opinion is as follows: “‘Young Adult’ – it says ‘wannabe JK Rowling’, it means ‘born in an iPod world so I don’t understand music (and life) is for sharing'” Continue reading
#TrendThursday | What makes you buy a book?
In this edition of #TrendThursday I am asking you all, what makes you buy a book? For books like The Spy Who Came In From The Cold, Perks of Being a Wallflower and Treasure Island, my decision is based on the fact that they are classics that I would enjoy, rather than being persuaded by a particular review or description by anyone in particular. And for many others, they have been popular for years, and some have even had films made.
But for the newly released books, what makes you buy them? Is it a book review on WordPress, is it a Twitter campaign done by a publisher, what about Goodreads’ reviewers that have read an ARC, or could it be something you have seen on YouTube, Instagram or Facebook, or perhaps you are a traditionalist and you enjoy a review in a newspaper? Let me know what make you buy a book…
Summer releases that I’m excited for…
I have cheated a little and gone for a few Autumn/Fall books to as they are on my shopping list already, I’ve already pre-ordered The Book of Dust…
#TrendThursday | Are love triangles good or bad?
This week’s #TrendThursday is about love triangles. I am going to talk about a love triangle which I am not too thrilled about (Maven-Mare-Cal) and one that I think worked out well (Gale-Katniss-Peeta). Let me know in the comments or in a post of your own the love triangles you like and the ones you hate! Continue reading
#TrendThursday | How relatable are the teenage protagonists in YA literature?
This week’s #TrendThursday will be used to talk about how relatable the 15, 16 and 17 year old protagonists that feature in Young Adult fiction. Continue reading
#TrendThursday | How helpful are figures like Zoella for the publishing industry?
This week’s topic is focusing on the pros and cons of having popular YouTubers and social media people releasing books.
The top 6 reviews of Girl Online by Zoella (Zoe Sugg) are all rated 1 or 2 stars, in fact 9 out of the top 10 reviews were rated as such. However, the top review didn’t even read the book, they just wanted to rant about the fact that a popular YouTuber got a book deal because the fangirls and boys would read the book to satisfy their thirst for more information about her. But to be fair to her, quite a lot of the 5 star reviews are from fans that have given their rating before the book was even published as they put posts like “so excited for this!”, “I love Zoella!” and other similar reviews. Continue reading
#TrendThursday | Next Week’s Topic
A reminder that next week’s topic is…How helpful are figures like Zoella for the publishing industry? This is your one week warning for those who want to do a blog post about it, or just want to think about your answer before commenting next week.
Suggestions for future posts are very welcome! Whether the question is to do with publishing trends, blog topics, a lack of or too much of something in the bookish world, the influence of an author…feel free to leave a comment! 🙂
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#TrendThursday | Where are the male book bloggers?!
I have decided to start a weekly post where I, and hopefully others, will offer their opinion on a particular bookish trend. Most of them will be planned, although if somethings happens in the publishing world or mainstream news that sparks something I may do a more a topical trend. If you are interested in joining in the discussion, you are more than welcome to do a blog post and tag me in it, or you can leave a comment. Suggestions for topics are also encouraged. The layout of the post is still not 100% sorted and we’ll play around with it as it early stages. Continue reading