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Why Adults Should Be Reading YA Books by Briana North

Guest Post: Why Adults Should Be Reading YA Books by Briana North Enjoy whatever you want, as long as it wasn't written for children. Thus begins Ruth Graham’s unsurprisingly immature Slate article, “Against YA.” I frankly felt more embarrassed reading Graham’s article than I ever felt (or likely ever will feel) reading a young adult (YA) or children’s book. Graham seems determined to take an extremely narrow and reductive view of YA literature, scornfully declaring it to be escapist, maudlin, uncritical, lacking the ambiguity and Read more [...]

Discussion: Present Tense VS. Past Tense in Books

OK, so I didn't really know that books could be written in present tense until I stumbled upon Sophie Kinsella's Remember Me. It was very disconcerting and I guess that's why for me, it was constantly an issue when a book is written in present tense. I don't know why, but it was just mentally jarring and something very new and outside of my comfort zone. Books using past tense are very easy to relate to, in my experience, and I just grew up with them, so I guess I didn't really know that any other kind of book existed. But then I came across Read more [...]

Discussion: The Best Villains Of YA Literature

More often than not, every good story always has two sides; the good and the bad. The drill is that most of the time the good side wins (yay for us). But they obviously have to face a lot of hardships and go against some twisted freaks in order to get where they are; so let's just take a moment to look back and see the worst possible villains that we've ever encountered in YA literature (in no particular Order) A) Sebastian Morgenstern from The Mortal Instruments: This guy has got to be one of the most scary villains there is. I mean, he's Read more [...]