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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!
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.
Follow the links to visit the other members of our troupe and ENJOY!
- YA Indie Carnival: Emo-awesomeness from high school (laurasmagicday.wordpress.com)
- YA Indie Carnival: BOO! Best Indie reads for Halloween (laurasmagicday.wordpress.com)
- YA Indie Carnival: 11 ways to put the SOCIAL in your media. Or how Social Media rocked my world! (laurasmagicday.wordpress.com)
- YA Fantasy Author Suzy Turner dishes Raven, December Moon, Ghosts & YA Trailer Park! (laurasmagicday.wordpress.com)
- YA Indie Carnival – Halloween Memories (tgayer.wordpress.com)