AbbyMay

AbbyMay

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    Have 2017 YA novels escaped the cliched storylines?

    How does the 2017 YA shortlist fare against the timeless classics? Is it full of another stream of overused and cliched story lines and characters, or has it emerged into a fresh line of strong protagonists and insightful morale messages?

    • Well, I don't know enough about the current short list to write this topic, but I'm definitely interested in what the writer comes up with. There are certainly plenty of clichéd storylines, especially in the dystopian genre. But I have seen some unique twists on familiar premises. – Stephanie M. 3 months ago
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    • Hmm, this should be interesting. After what I feel has been a pretty dry spell in YA novels in recent years, I'd be happy to see an uptick in originality for sure. – jaysongoetzz 3 months ago
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    The Book vs The TV Show

    In this technological age…new books are being streamed out alongside movies and TV shows. How can we persuade the new generation to read rather than just seeing the show? Especially supporting the struggling readers when the books could be more than 400 pages long…

    Examples that could be included…
    Game of Thrones
    The Mortal Instruments
    Hunger Games
    Harry Potter

    • Since so much has been written in this area already, I'd stress the importance of finding a new angle on it, and a non-partisan one in particular. There are so many contributing factors when it comes to film adaptations, it might be an interesting idea to pick a narrower lens - for instance market over-saturation, or the difference between book adaptations of shows as opposed to tv show/movie adaptations of books. – Cat 4 months ago
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    • In my experiences I have always found the book to be more enjoyable. The reason for this being they have so much more freedom to write the story exactly as they envision it to play out. It can be as long or as short as they like. In the TV show, they are restricted with what content they are allowed to air. There are also time constraints resulting from trying to fit everything into a half hour time slot. Important storylines are often cut to make way for the sake of fitting the time limit. The TV show is still cool to see the book come to life, it will just never be able to match the book for quality. – JoshuaFtk 4 months ago
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    • You should also probably take into account visual achievements which were much better than the original writeups themselves. Case in point being Band of Brothers, Drive and Fight Club to name a few. – Vishnu Unnithan 4 months ago
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    • The books serve a purpose which movies cannot. Obviously, for the upcoming generation, the impatient ones will go for a movie and the creative ones shall opt for a book. Regardless of the fact that there would have been no movies without the books. The words let you imagine and make a world of your own. They get into your instincts and sometimes you live those characters. You learn a lot from them and you try to imitate their character rather than something worthless shown on silver screen. Movies mould the actual meaning and one tends to just develop a scenerio which is displayed rather than applying his/her own mind. Words let you fly whereas movies restrict your thoughts. – vipulmanuja 4 months ago
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    AbbyMay

    Thank you Lauralee, you’re not alone! I had to start revising mine after this research too!
    Perhaps I should’ve mentioned that one or two are okay and can still produce a great story…I think its the overkill of cliches that become repetitive!
    What do you think?

    Has Cliche’ in Young Adult Literature Decreased It’s Appeal to Adult Readers?
    AbbyMay

    Interesting thought Cyril. New topic?

    Has Cliche’ in Young Adult Literature Decreased It’s Appeal to Adult Readers?
    AbbyMay

    I believe you are right, the implosion of the genre speculates there is a large market still…and hopefully it stays that way!

    Has Cliche’ in Young Adult Literature Decreased It’s Appeal to Adult Readers?
    AbbyMay

    Thank you for your comments Stephanie!
    It was difficult to narrow the topic down, there are many questions about cliches in YA that are still to be explored!

    Has Cliche’ in Young Adult Literature Decreased It’s Appeal to Adult Readers?
    AbbyMay

    Lovely article Stephanie, interesting that Elsa was in the worst lists given her immense popularity however I agree with your points about running away and shutting people out.

    Belle was always my favourite – but I agree with you about Tiana. Thank you for shining a new spotlight on her contemporary qualities!

    Best and Worst Disney Role Models for Girls and Young Women
    AbbyMay

    A very interesting read! Its surprising how many YA books represent mental health issues within the prose. I haven’t read this tribology yet, thank you for the inspiration!

    His Dark Materials: Conflict, Justice and Mental Health
    AbbyMay

    I’m completing a 19th century literature class at the moment, and I think the ‘classics’ are worth reading because they open a window into our past.

    For example Prelude to Christopher by Eleanor Dark…published just after the WW2 and set at the beginning of the war time. Nigel was a believer in eugenics (before Hitler and the Holocaust cast a negative light on the theory) and trialed an experiment to create the ultimate colony, however his wife had a hereditary illness and he did not want to have children because they would be tainted.

    Reading books set in historical time opens up the realities and politics of the era, so we can grow as humans and reflect on our past.

    (btw…I’m saying saying I believe in eugenics.. it was an interesting novel to read!)

    The Importance of Learning the Classics
    AbbyMay

    As mentioned above, yes writers can be taught how to write..but passion for writing is a given!

    If you truly want to write, why wouldn’t you want to learn all you can about writing? Why wouldn’t you read all the literature you can find? Why wouldn’t you want to study? Why wouldn’t you want to talk about all the things you read?

    There are writers that write…and those that live and breathe writing

    Can you Teach Someone how to Become a Writer?