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”

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

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”

Oh my Gus!

I am usually one of the first people to know news about my favourite books, especially when a particular book is in the process of being adapted into a film. I am all over it! Hence, I am also the bearer of anticipation or angst among my friends. However, this morning, I’ve been hit by a casting news like it was stone. Like being hit by a stone… it wasn’t pleasant.

I am knee deep in revision, so instead of finding a news article about the one of my favourite fictional heartthrob being finally casted I had the pleasure of finding out about it in my Facebook news feed.

Okay. Picture of the Ansel Elgort and just a caption saying “So we have Augustus Waters” + loads of hashtags. No context or other background information provided. Therefore, I didn’t know that John Green said that he like the casting etc etc.

My face contorted in all directions.

I know. Nobody would be the “perfect” Augustus Waters. Am I right, The Fault in Our Star fans?
Augustus or Gus even exists in different ways, shapes and forms in our creative heads. Our illusions of this particular fictional boyfriend are so unique to us. The same goes for any other characters and that is an amazing thing. Having this outlook instilled in my head, I pride myself at being quite good at dealing with casting news most of the time. But there’s also a downside because it also makes the casting news sometimes difficult to process since you already established a certain image in your head and set sky high expectations.

Continue reading “Oh my Gus!”