What is it about YA books: A look at its popularity and fandoms

I have a profound love affair with the Young Adult genre. This is something that I am proud to admit and also something I cannot deny since, as you will find, my fondness for YA has leaked into my work. The following article is a piece I’ve written for an assessment when I was at university. As they say, “write what you know” or “write what you love.” Well, why not both?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YA BOOKS: A LOOK AT ITS POPULARITY AND FANDOMS
First published on 16 July 2014 on Where Words Fly.

Over a decade into the boom in Young Adult Literature and 2014 looks like it is still yet the year that the Young Adult genre is going to be cemented as a true force.

There were 30 000 Young Adult titles published in 2009, which is a massive increase from the 3 000 titles in 1997. In the same year, publishing companies’ total sales for YA exceeded $3 billion and it has been publishers’ favourite bet ever since. To add, according to an artice in The LA Times, more than a dozen publishers has launched young adult imprints. And finally, with websites such as Epicreads releasing lists of “The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Coming” every month since September in 2013 to date, it is evident that YA popularity is as strong as ever if not growing even stronger.

The genre mainly targeted at teenagers has become so popular in the past years that it has been recognized as a separate genre from Children’s and stores and libraries started having entire separate sections with rows of shelves entirely dedicated to YA. Continue reading “What is it about YA books: A look at its popularity and fandoms”

I am a book person. Literally.

Don’t you just love the feel of physical copies? The pretty covers. That unique smell of new books.  The bliss of turning actual pages. The crease you make on the spines. And that amazing look it has when put in a bookshelf. I love all these things… So, I absolutely hate any electronic devices that attempt to replace books.

I see the convenience and handiness of reading from Kindles, Ipads or any other e-book reader. It’s easy; a lot of people love them. I’m not a particular fan but I do suck it up when it comes to textbooks because as much as I hate e-books, I also hate borrowing books. Textbooks are many and expensive, so I’ll be totally broke if I try to buy all of them. I prefer to spend on luxury reads when I can.

But today I’m found myself faced with the displeasure of reading from my Ipad. THE NIGHTMARE! *rolls eyes* The root of this crisis is the publication of What Really Happened in Peru of The Bane Chronicles.

Continue reading “I am a book person. Literally.”