Over on Writers Bloc, we’re celebrating everything Young Adult, thanks to Danielle Binks. Below are some excerpts:
A • Adaptation. Lately it feels like the Box Office is ruled by adaptations of young adult (YA) franchises – from Hunger Games to The Fault in Our Stars. But don’t forget, Hollywood has a rather illustrious history of adapting YA and children’s books for the big screen, such as; The Wizard of Oz, The Outsiders, and To Kill A Mockingbird.
D • Diversity. From authors of colour, to LGBTQI representation – this has been a serious issue in youth literature for a while now, but grassroots campaigns like#WeNeedDiverseBooks are leading the charge for change.
Q • Questioning. The mark of a truly good YA novel is how much the author pushes their audience to question themselves, characters and the status quo. People often assume that all YA books are literary-fluff because they look back at their own childhoods with rose-coloured glasses and forget just how messy they actually were. I like John Steinbeck’s description of that time when children start catching adults out; “It is an aching kind of growing.”
S • Stephen Colbert. The host of The Colbert Report nailed it when he said; “A young adult novel is a regular novel that people actually read.” Back in 2012Bowker Market Research discovered that readers aged 30 to 44 accounted for 28% of YA sales, and since then the numbers have been increasing.
Z • Z for Zachariah. Robert C. O’Brien’s book won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery in 1976, and in 2015 a movie adaptation will be hitting our screens with Aussie actress Margot Robbie in the lead.