YA Lit: Goodbye 2010, Hello 2011!
Happy New Year CLASY!
I received Booklist’s online newsletter in my inbox this morning and found a rather amusing article in it called My 2011 YA Wishlist. In it, the author writes a list of 7 things he’s sick of seeing in YA lit, including the ever-popular “Vampires, Half-Vampires, Werewolves, Were-Anythings, Fallen Angels, Dark Angels, Fairies, Faeries, Faeiraes, and Fyeiryes.” Yeah, that gave me a good chuckle.
But when I scrolled down to read the comments, one commenter basically said who cares what us adults and reviewers think of YA books and what we’re sick of, because as much as we love to read and discuss YA lit, we aren’t its intended audience. I thought she had a totally valid point.
Teens are going to read what they read whether we think its awesome, only slightly awesome, or only fit to prop open our doors. They’re going to swoon over the fairies, faeries, faeiraes, and fyeiryes no matter what we do, and those emotional, one-word titles like Anguish with pictures of an attractive gal’s face on the cover is going to get ’em, every time.
My question to you is (a) what YA trends are you right sick of and will be happily bidding farewell to, and (b) what are you hoping for in 2011?