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Young at Heart

I was at the library yesterday looking for some recent anthologies to study their layout and typography. Weirdly enough, I could only find anthologies in the Teen (YA) section of the library. I noticed while I was there that the sensibility of teen books really screams out to me. The titles, the cover design, the typography. All of it grabs me by the guts and says "READ ME." But then when I read them, I find myself wishing the characters were more my age, dealing with issues other than peer pressure or school or growing up. The teen series I enjoy most are the ones with the most vestigial appearance of parents, teachers or other teen authority figures and just show the protagonist basically being an adult.

It would be interesting to figure out which buttons of mine are being pushed by the current style of marketing for Teen books.

I'm working on a novella that's an adult coming-of-age. Maybe my relationship with the types of books I'm attracted to has something to do with what I'm compelled to write.


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Jul. 3rd, 2015 04:40 pm (UTC)
I enjoy the YA books that don't focus on school/parents. The school thing is just too foreign for me now - UK schools are a lot different from when I was incarcerated in them and US schools are impenetrable.

I still love Andre Norton's sci-fi/fantasy YA books that I discovered when I was 10. They are all young people acting as adults and don't have schools in them.

I think the attraction of the YA books is that they generally reflect opportunities and optimism, no matter how depressed the characters or bad their situation they believe that things can get better and, of course, things do get better in the novels. There's always light at the end of the tunnel!

That's a feeling that it is harder to hold on to the older you get.

Or maybe it's just that your mind is in that mode for your current story. :)
Jul. 4th, 2015 09:32 am (UTC)
Mm, yes. I like the feeling of hope idea, that could be it!

I think the premises tend to be more things I'm interested in too, other than school/parents, I mean! The worldbuilding.
Jul. 3rd, 2015 10:18 pm (UTC)
I would agree that the cover art and marketing makes me want to read SO MANY. But you're right, some of them just aren't good or are TOO juvenile. And also, I need more time in the day LOL.

I also agree with marasmine that there always seems to be hope in YA books, there's usually that belief that no matter how awful things get or appear to get that the ending will be good and hopeful eventually. Kinda like romance - obviously there are exceptions like The Fault In Our Stars (which was still a really great read but OMG SAD)


Jul. 4th, 2015 09:35 am (UTC)
I think it makes sense that I wouldn't relate to the same stuff a 15-year-old would, right? I've got so much more life experience under my belt.

Something about the titles and covers really grabs me though.

I haven't read The Fault in Our Stars. Been tempted to watch the film a few times, but like you said, only so many hours in my day. And I have this big pile from the library now ;-)
Jul. 5th, 2015 08:11 am (UTC)
It does make sense, same here :D But there are some really good ones out there for sure.

And YES the titles and covers are so much better then when we were that age, I've thought that for a while now.

I enjoyed both the book and the movie. Both made me cry though...fair warning.
Jul. 5th, 2015 09:15 am (UTC)
I read several novelettes last night from two different anthologies, and it was depressing. They all ended with a feeling like, "You can't have what you desperately want. Here, you've grown a little, and possibly experienced a fleeting happiness. Be content with that."
Jul. 5th, 2015 09:18 am (UTC)
EXCEPT Scott Westerfeld's "Stupid Perfect World," that didn't feel the need to gut & sadden me. I've adored everything of his I've read, so I'm not surprised. I even got to see him speak at GenCon last year.
Jul. 6th, 2015 07:44 am (UTC)
OH OUCH /o\ That would not make me happy. That would SUCK :(((((I hope all YA isn't like that
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