Zohal99

Zohal99

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The Books that Have Shaped Young Adult Fiction

Whilst YA Fiction in a sense existed before the 21st Century, it was never a properly defined genre that you could visit in the bookstore. You usually had your Childrens books and then your Adult books and your Classics. YA Fiction exploded into being with the publication of the Harry Potter books which we can consider as Modern Classics. This topic would be on the game changing books that have contributed to the growing shape and form of Young Adult Fiction.

For example, Harry Potter led to the popularity of YA adventure and action books such as Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games is a staple in the genre for creating a wave of Dystopian fiction. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight and Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books paved the way for the multitude of paranormal fantasy books. John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars contributed to the overwhelming popularity of Contemporary novels that delve into difficult and important topics that teenagers go through in life.

Of course there are positives and current or potential implications on these books in terms of how they have shaped the genre as well as how the genre is marketed, or at least what publishers looks for in this realm of Young Adult fiction. This would a very interesting topic to look at.

  • I love this topic. I would also suggest Veronica Roth's "Divergent", as that made a pretty big splash. – ValleyChristion 2 years ago
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  • I believe it is Young Adult novels are vital to literature because it touches on topics anyone can relate to, whether it is love and loss or finding your identity, the YA genre has something for everyone. – Yvonne T. 2 years ago
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  • Personally, I believe that The Giver by Louis Lowry is a predecessor to all the YA dystopias. – RedFlame2000 2 years ago
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A Broad Discussion on the Dynamics of Speculative Fiction

Speculative Fiction is an umbrella genre for stories that are other-worldly. For example, fantasy, science-fiction, dystopian fiction, paranormal fantasy and more. I think it would be interesting to discuss the genre as a whole, in terms of story dynamics. A lot of speculative fiction has one foot in reality and another in a fantasy-like setting. Often speculative fiction has a lot to tell us about our reality, whether this is reflecting our reality or subverting reality to reveal new truths about the world. It would be great to look at the varying degrees to which this occurs in speculative fiction.

  • Good topic! The author might want to consider the main elements of speculative fiction, and discuss and give examples. You bring up the mesh of reality and fantasy, so there's a good start. I personally think the best example of speculative fiction is Black Mirror. Maybe the author could even use Black Mirror as the article focus, then break down how it is, in fact, speculative fiction from there. – Christina Legler 2 years ago
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  • An interesting topic: another contentious element of speculative fiction is its exact definition. I briefly remember Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin (very respectfully) contesting each other's definitions of speculative fiction, and what they considered science fiction and by extension fantasy. The lines are blurry and constantly redrawn, so perhaps that is something you might want to address. – Matchbox 2 years ago
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  • In short, what Le Guin means by “science fiction” is what I mean by “speculative fiction,” and what she means by “fantasy” would include some of what I mean by “science fiction.” So that clears all up, more or less. When it comes to genres, the borders are increasingly undefined, and things slip back and forth across them with insouciance." This is the exact quote. You might want to investigate further. – Matchbox 2 years ago
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  • Looking forward to reading an article about this. – Stephanie M. 2 years ago
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  • Sounds like a great topic - I would consider the differences between speculative genre and other genres.We use the realist genre to reflect our reality in a 'believable' way. However, speculative fiction can often offer a depth to this reflection that simply isn't possible in realism; speculative fiction is valuable in its capacity to reveal truths about society in 'unbelievable' scenarios. – louisemiolin 2 years ago
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Zohal99

I definitely agree! 🙂 I would never want a world without physical books. A mix is always good.

Audiobooks: Do they Enhance or Diminish the Enjoyment of a Story?
Zohal99

Ah yes! Accessibility of storytelling is a huge benefit of audiobooks. 🙂

Audiobooks: Do they Enhance or Diminish the Enjoyment of a Story?
Zohal99

That’s similar to some Lecture series I have listened to on Audible where they come with pdfs of additional learning material. It’s awesome 🙂

Audiobooks: Do they Enhance or Diminish the Enjoyment of a Story?
Zohal99

That’s great to hear. Audiobooks can be really calming in that way I’ve found. 🙂

Audiobooks: Do they Enhance or Diminish the Enjoyment of a Story?
Zohal99

I’m currently very slowly making my way through The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer which is the popular definitive account of World War II and I’m up to a section that is about Mein Kampf. It’s crazy that the work was a blueprint for what came to be because of him years after its publication.

Really interesting audiobook selections to compare with one another.

Audiobooks: Do they Enhance or Diminish the Enjoyment of a Story?
Zohal99

So many good non-fiction recommendations that I’ll have to check out 🙂

Audiobooks: Do they Enhance or Diminish the Enjoyment of a Story?
Zohal99

The Harry Potter audiobooks are so amazing. They’re the only ones that I can listen to on double speed without getting confused with what is happening;. Simply magical! 🙂

Audiobooks: Do they Enhance or Diminish the Enjoyment of a Story?
Zohal99

Totally agree! Audiobooks are a saviour for learning to pronounce names although sometimes if I reread something via audio, I get put off when they pronounce names differently to how I thought them to be pronounced.

Audiobooks: Do they Enhance or Diminish the Enjoyment of a Story?