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Young Adult Literature, Giving a "Voice" to the "voiceless"

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This is a reference to all things in the Young Adult Literature Genre. So, before jumping into the references, I want to giving an opening theme that all these articles, Social Media platforms, and videos are umbrelled under. What makes Young Adult Literature? What’s the difference between popular literature and literature, like “Twilight” vs. “Little Women.”

 

 

Society in general is always moving somewhat clumsily and often tragically through social progress, from civil rights to women’s rights to gender identity rights. And society is always censoring the voice of harmony and tolerance with a piece of tape of fear.

 

 

Because I believe it all comes down to fear. For the sake of, art is to give back that “VOICE” that has been silenced and censored. Art is always about expression, whether music or literature or painting, sculpting, photography, it is about expression of the censored. Artists often talk of finding his/her voice. In our writing workshops we talk about drafting to find “the voice” of the piece.

 

 

But I think this maybe the fundamental difference between “literature” and “young adult literature.” Adults have more power to speak than do children and teenagers. In fact in a lot of ways even though were are pasted the time of “children should be seen and not heard,” young adult do not have a voice, not collectively, and not individual. I remember when I was younger and I would be arguing with my mom and should say to me, “if you say one more word, you’re grounded for two weeks.”

 

 

I felt this angry, mute, powerlessness inside of me. I hated it when she would say that me more than anything because my voice was being muted. Now, usually I was in trouble for something and arguing with her just to keep arguing, but still that feel of being silenced was the worst feeling there was.

 

Literature for adult vs. mainstream popular literature, like James Patterson or Danielle Steel is still obviously a voice in some way. But it is not the same voice as Hemingway or Faulkner, as Plath or Dickenson, or even Vonegunt. Because literature is all about giving a “VOICE” to those who have been silenced by society, a voice to race relations, to sexual discrimination, a voice to gender bigotry.

 

 

But, with young adult literature, whether Harry Potter, or Twilight, whether Little Women or Alice in Wonderland, whether Beautiful Creatures or The Book Thief, the genre of young adult literature is all about giving the “voiceless” a “voice.” So, if it is badly written or a poorly constructed plot, or cliché character development it doesn’t matter. Being a young adult is a journey into maturity, that their literature should be too, only makes sense. That all aspect of young adult literature should be included and encompassed just returns to the purpose of it, to give a voice because to exclude any of it would be excluding the “VOICE” of the voiceless.

 

 

Tha Layout: YA Romance, YA Paranormal Phenomenon, YA Authors, Current Releases, Reveiws, and Media.

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Parents and readers beware of stereotypes in young adult literature | e! Science News

A newly defined genre of literature, "teen sick-lit," features tear-jerking stories of ill adolescents developing romantic relationships.
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The biggest criticism in YA lit, is just that, “criticism.” So, the first article of this reference to all things YA is about that criticism.

 

 

YA lit has a bad reputation for constantly being criticized for what is appropriate and “dangerous” to teens. Not matter what the author’s write about for teens there is also this controversy. This irrational fear about what we are exposing the younger generation to. However, the really interesting thing to me about this is, that adult are writing “young adult” literature. So, if we as a society are so concerned about what we are exposing the youth of today too, than write better, write different, or back off.

 

 

Young Adult literature is about giving a “voice” to “voiceless” group. Young adults do not have the rights that adults do. They are learning to be adults. And adults speak for them. If the purpose (in my opinion) is to give young adults a voice, than how can we criticize or censor any of that “voice.” This article refers to a “trend” of “Teen-sick- lit.” The article goes on to criticize this genre, and consider it “dangerous,” without giving much thought to what brought upon this “trend” in the first place. Now more than ever young adults are trying to make sense of this rapidly expanding world, and this generation is grappling with “abnormality” at every turn. What has always been true of literature is still true of YA literature, as well. The literature reflects the society it comes from. The “trend” is not what is causing this, the “trend” is giving what is already there, a voice.

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Smells Like Teen Lit: Kudos to young adults

Smells Like Teen Lit: Kudos to young adults | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
Writers like Suzanne Collins of The Hunger Games understand not only how to tell a fast-paced, exciting, fantastical story, but they also seem to cater to the shorter attention spans of modern readers.
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YA lit is even popular amongst adults.

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YA Romance

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I worked in the a bookstore, "Books-a-million" this past year and the biggest trends in YA lit are Romance and  the Paranormal. And usually a combination of both. Romance usually lead into the Paranormal.

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Young Adult Romance Books.

Young Adult Romance Books. | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
I love reading and watching movies and concerts and music. I love Sarah dessen, and a lot of other...
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She blogs on all things Romance, and writes reviews on YA Romance novels. This is a good place to check for what's popular, and what an actual teen (as opposed to adult) says about a teen genre.

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What 'Twilight' Left Us

What 'Twilight' Left Us | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
The final movie in the Twilight series is out this week, and the eldest of the four books is now going on 7 years old. My how they grow up fast! What has the equally maligned and adored—yet, either way, incredibly successful—series left us?
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Book Review: Young Adult Fiction

Book Review: Young Adult Fiction | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
Meghan Cox Gurdon on Jackie Morse Kessler's Rage, Cheryl Rainfield's Scars, Suzanne Collins's Hunger Games and other examples of contemporary young-adult fiction.
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More criticism. The WallStreet Journal criticizes the "darkness" in paranormal YA lit. But keep reading. To the next article about putting "religion" in YA lit. My commentary will appear at the bottom of that article, after you can read them both to get both sides.

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Young Adult and Teen Readers

Young Adult  and Teen Readers | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
We read ANY books not just YA! And, we want your honest likes, loves, opinions & feelings on your...
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This is a really good place to get reviews from the Facebook online community regarding YA paranormal lit and other YA lit in general.

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Remembrance by Michelle Madow | Free Book Friday

Remembrance by Michelle Madow | Free Book Friday | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
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Michelle Madow' book was inspired by Taylor Swift's, "Love Story" video. She gives us a description of her book and then an interview with the author.

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Susan Dennard

Susan Dennard | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
I'm a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. I used to be a marine biologist, but...
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Her newest book is set to release in only a few days! Read up all about her. And check the link for a countdown to the book release and other info about "Darkeness,"

http://www.epicreads.com/books/a-darkness-strange-and-lovely/9780062083296/

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Linny's Literature

Linny's Literature | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
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Linny's Blog is extremely comprehensive of what's new, hot, trendy, and interesting in YA Lit. Her reviews are interesting and her author content is up-to-date. You can also find her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/LinnysLit

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Five Young Adult Books You Must Read Before the Movies are Released

Five Young Adult Books You Must Read Before the Movies are Released | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
Five ah-mazing YA books to read before the movies are released in the coming future.
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There are movie trailers, book reviews, and current information on the upcoming YA popular books, made movies.

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Book News: Forgotten Young Adult Novels From 1930s Onward To Get New Life : NPR

Book News: Forgotten Young Adult Novels From 1930s Onward To Get New Life : NPR | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
Also: Isabel Allende's love of Zorro; Lemony Snicket makes a Twitter appearance; Cat Marnell's book proposal was leaked.
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How Young Adult Literature Challenges Gender Norms

How Young Adult Literature Challenges Gender Norms | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
Librarians are the pushers of the book world.
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In this article she talks about the draw to YA literature bringing into question norms.

 

 

I think the fundamental difference between young adult and adult literature. Even in ambiguous endings in adult literature there is always an assessment being made and an argument of some kind that is being insisted upon. Sometimes the ambiguous ending lends to the assessment. Sometimes it does not, but there is always a feeling a pressure on that reader to accept or reject the assessment.

 

 

Young adult literature is not like that. It asks questions, lots and lots of questions. It carefully considers itself and all those questions around itself, and then in the end the open-ness to question leaves the reader with the opens to question long after the book is closed. The open-ness to question leaves space for not understanding, and not knowing, and not needing to know, to embrace and accept uncertainty. And instead of knowing we need to make a decision at the end, even an ambiguous decision is still a decision. Young adult literature lets us not make any decisions at all. Something young adults would need, but perhaps something adults need even more, to be reminded of the open-ness to not make a decision at all but be able to sit with questions, and problems, and tragedies even, and not race to “fix them.” I. And maybe that's okay. And maybe this is the draw of adults to keep reading and returning to young adult literature.

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How Young Adult Literature Fits the Common Core Standards

Renown Blogger and young adult literature reviewer Paul Hankins describes the power of young adult literature.
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Paul Hankins discusses the ways YA lit is viewed and cannonized. If you want to check out more on Hankins, click the link to read his blogs:

http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/tag/paul-w-hankins/

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The Sharp Angle: Believable Young Adult Romance

The Sharp Angle: Believable Young Adult Romance | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
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This article addresses the criticisms (there is that word again, criticism) of Romance in YA lit.

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YA Paranormal Phenomenon

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Paranormal YA lit has exploded in popularity in the last decade and the criticism of that particular section is becoming more and more predominant. We criticize young adult for not using their imaginations anymore with internet, tv, videoo games, and yet we criticize their literature which has exploded with IMAGINATION.

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There’s Something About Mary Claire

There’s Something About Mary Claire | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
In March of 2009, when Mary Claire Helldorfer first learned that her book Kissed by an Angel had hit USA Today’s Top 150 Books, she was working as a 10th-grade English teacher at Friends School of Bal...
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If you like the Twilight series, check out Elizabeth Chandler "Kissed by an Angel" series. And read up on this article about the author who has been around since 1995 went to the best-sellers list and was "discoverd" after Twilght hit

 

I personally love Elizabeth Chandler. She is my all-time favorite YA author. I have read every book she has.

 

And In the summer of 1996, my sister found this obscure trilogy book series called Kissed by An Angel.  Kissed by an Angel is about a girl named Ivy who believes in angels. Her boyfriend is killed in a car accident, but when he comes back as an angel to protect her, she no longer believes in angels, so she cannot see him. But there is so much more to the story. She creates interesting, unique characters, so that when the series ends with the third book Soul-mates.

 

I was never satisfied with the ending. And apparently niether did Chandler because she is adding to the once undiscoverd series.

 

“The unpretentious author . . . might have kept plugging away in obscurity, too, if not for the Twilight phenomenon. And though the Twilight books have been derided in some literary circles, Helldorfer will have none of it.

‘I’m delighted when books like those in the Twilight series or Harry Potter prove once again that a book can cast a spell on readers,’ she says pragmatically. ‘I’m a believer in popular fiction. If it wasn’t for Nancy Drew . . . I might not have continued to read my way to Milton and Shakespeare.’ ”

 Here is the full list of the updated series. The newest book just came out in March of 2013:

 

Everafter: 2013

Evercrossed: 2012

Everlasting: 2011

Kissed by an Angel Series 1995

 

 

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Religion Lifts Young Adult Books from 'Darkness'

Religion Lifts Young Adult Books from 'Darkness' | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
The Crown of Embers is not only a stand out for its strong writing and world-building but for its very positive portrayal of God and faith. I asked Carson a few questions about faith, her books and young adults.
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This article talks all about an author who puts religion in her books, which in literay terms is still "paranormal."

 

 

And yet there is so much criticism for vampires, werewolfs, ghosts, goblins, creatures, Like in "Twilight" or "Beautiful Creatures." But "religion" is okay. Religion is putting "light" back into the YA genre.

 

 

Howevere, if you take really good look at the "Bible" it is filled with darkness. And I do not just mean demons. The elements of the Bible is filled with societal discrimination and injustices towards, ethinicity, women, childern. Yet, this is acceptable?  There is "light" and "dark" everywhere. In fantasy, in fairy-tales. Are the Brother's Grimm forbidin now? In society, and yes in religion. My biggest criticism refers to my opening statement of this YA reference and to my early comments. This is about "voice." About giving a "voice" to the "voiceless," that being said, censcorship is a complete contradiction to a genre dedicated to voice. So, to the critics out there, I again say: Back Off.

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YA Authors, Current Releases, and Reviews

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Here is a Section that is dedicated to the ones who give the "Voice" to YA Lit, the authors, and information on the current releases, and book reviews.

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Articles for Writers: Productivity, Creativity & Great Apps | Kami Garcia -- NYT Bestselling Author (The Beautiful Creatures Novels & Unbreakable, The Legion: Book - Coming 2013)

Articles for Writers: Productivity, Creativity & Great Apps | Kami Garcia -- NYT Bestselling Author (The Beautiful Creatures Novels & Unbreakable, The Legion: Book - Coming 2013) | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
These articles are too great not to share: 1) Writing Advice From History's Fastest, Most Prolific Authors, including Stephen King & John Updike,
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Kami Garcia homepage that has lots of interesting insight into the world of YA Lit, as well as,, information on her own books.

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Paperback'd: A YA Book Blog

Paperback'd: A YA Book Blog | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
Paperback'd is a book reviewing blog primarily dedicated to promoting new Young Adult literature,...
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These next three are blogging review pages. Each one is unique and has it's own voice. One is more poppy: Linny's. The other is more about what's new, and crossed with media information, like the Hunger Games movie: Just Daring.

 

And this one, Paperback'd is current, clean, and artistic

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Just Darling Books

Just Darling Books | Young Adult Literature | Scoop.it
lover of books. new to reviewing. wants to explore new genres. currently into young adult, classics,...
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When stories are more than paper: Transmedia trends in Young Adult Literature

Presented at the YALSA 2012 YA Literature Symposium in St. Louis, MO Nov 4-5.
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This is by far the coolest, part of the whole page, so I saved the best for last. And the best for last, is showing the evolution of Media in YA Lit.

 

 

What I find so interesting about this presentation is it shows the potential of imagination.  I think a lot of the criticism toward the young crowd of this generaton not excercising their imagination enough anymore should consider this presentation and the expanse of the imagation that the new media advances are allowing the young adult's imagination to grow.

 

 

Perhaps, the reason why all these advances in media, interactive books, apps, video games, internet cites, and social media is because the imagination of this younger generation is going into over-drive, and it is no longer good enough to create the picture in their heads. 

 

 

This generation is uses their imagination so much that they are now creating those pictures in their heads and creating whole worlds, interactively, and expanding their minds abilities to take more and more in.

 

 

This could be just what our society needs.  A generation with a great big imagination that wants to not just dream up what they think of it, but make it real. And with an expanding imagination, and an expanding world, maybe that is leaving room for an expanding world-view that creates tolerance, inspiration and harmony.

 

 

The most widely criticized genre may just be what our society needs to evolve to the next level of an accepting, understanding, all-encompasing societital view.

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