YA Indie Carnival – ON THE RISE: The popularity of YA Fantasy

YA  writers and bloggers unite each week to share their thoughts, hopes and  dreams about what it’s like to go indie in today’s publishing world. 
The future’s so bright, we built our own place to play.

This week we talk about Young Adult Fantasy and its epic popularity today.

I’m so jealous of young people these day! The endless variety of Young Adult reading material that teens have access to has already proved a strong drawcard, pulling in adult readers the world over. No longer are adults shying away from reading so-called TEEN FICTION, no longer are kids claiming boredom with the variety they are exposed to.

It’s the best time in the world to be a teen reader!

Now, I write YA and it wasn’t necessarily because I’d read a bunch of YA novels and thought I’d be a dab hand. No, it was because I am in possession of a couple of teens, and it made sense to write stuff they would enjoy. And I love fantasy. Two very good reasons, I think.

And once I dipped my toes into the waters, I was lost. Mythological, Fantastical, Magical, Inspirational. It’s the stuff of dreams, the worlds of imaginations brought to life by talented, creative authors all around the world. The sustenance needed to leap over the thorniest hurdles of everyday life. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few moments imagining you had the strength of a god, or the smarts of a great warrior, or the magical abilities of a modern-day sorcerer?

The attraction is the story elements; that forbidden love which the hero and heroine eventually risk everything for, the desire to belong that is assuaged when the lonely MC finds somewhere to belong, the need for strength that is discovered when the MC refuses to allow the bully power and control over him. The Young Adult genre is all about everything we ever worried about, everything we ever feared – every bogeyman and every ghost, everything we ever needed – every hug and every smile. It’s about all our loves – all those we lost and those we managed to hold on to, about all the castles we built in the air and the ones that came crashing down around our ears, about all those times we tried to fit in – every mean word that cut so deep and made us cry, about every time we flailed about trying to find our identity within the swirling hormonal sea of teenhood. And it’s about the unique, joyful, carefree happiness of being young.

I firmly believe that although the genre is labelled YA (Young Adult) this in no way means the readership should be exclusively teen – sorry kids, you don’t get to keep the sweets all to yourselves… Inside every adult, there lives a little kid, simply craving an escape into the fantastical. To be really frank, adults have been-there, done-that, got-the-scars-to-prove-it when it comes to teendom, BUT that doesn’t mean we didn’t learn from it, enjoy in it. In fact I know a few adults myself who haven’t grown up at all!

As more readers, teens and adults alike, delve into the delights that YA offers, the popularity of YA will continue to rise. And, seeing the quality of Authors and stories available I am sure it will never lose its enticing gleam.

A couple of announcements this week!

Forbidden Mind by KIMBERLY KINRADE has just been awarded the 2011 Forward National Literature Award! Learn more about this YA paranormal thriller/romance here. 

Check out Refracted Light’s exclusive with M. Leighton’s heroine, Carson Porter, and  enter the giveaway HERE to win a kindle ebook from The Fahllen series!  Choose an ebook of The Reaping or The Reckoning!

Books I and II in The Raven Saga (Raven & December Moon) by Suzy Turner, are now available in paperback! Get your copy from Amazon now.

Melissa Pearl has released her first novel GOLDEN BLOOD in the Time Spirit Trilogy avaliable HERE.

Follow the links to visit the other members of our troupe and ENJOY!

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy 10. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed 12. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13. Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 16. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 20. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 22. Nicole Williams, author of Eternal Eden, Falling Eden
23. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter 24. TG Ayer
25. Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Great post! I totally agree. I think there is a child in all of us. To me, there is nothing cooler than young love… first love. There’s something so intense, yet sweet, about it all. You have to love teens! They are awesome!


    1. Tee G Ayer says:

      Thanks Mel- its so true about young love- and that first love is the big drawcard for a lot of teen readers too!


  2. Patti Larsen says:

    great post, Tee… and I agree–it’s so cool how moms and their daughters (and sons) can read and enjoy (and discuss) the same books–and all the lessons in them.


    1. Tee G Ayer says:

      It’s awesome Patti- I love having my little book club discussions at home- of course there is a little Dean Koontz and Stephen Kings thrown into the mix of topics!


  3. Hi Tee, YA books are indeed the firm favourite of writers,editors and agents. Though I don’t write them, I love reading them.


    1. Tee G Ayer says:

      Thanks Rachna- I think we also have to accept that in the modern reality of publishing we actually have the genre Young Adult. Alice in Wonderland, the Narnia Books, Little Women… we can name a tonne of books that would fit into today’s genre specs and yet everyone read those books regardless of age. I just wish more modern readers would have the courage to sample the amazing works that YA has to offer today 🙂


  4. Loved your post. I just adore YA fantasy. It’s my MOST favorite genre ever! 🙂


    1. Tee G Ayer says:

      Thanks Kimberly. I hadn’t expected to fall in love with the genre the way I did.. I’m really glad I’m writing within such a vibrant genre 🙂


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