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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In the blogosphere: Gayle Forman, What is YA, Exactly?


Hey rgz,

Don't miss the awesome post "What is YA, Exactly?" over at Gayle Forman's blog. It's spot on, and I have to say I was raising my fist in agreement. She blows away Suite 101's definition. Clearly.

So here's a quote from her essay:

"Lev Grossman said it best in a Wall Street Journal article on why adults are reading YA novels. They have plot. To some literary snobs, this is like saying they have poo on their shoes, but Grossman meant it as a compliment. YA novelists don’t usually spend paragraphs upon paragraphs gratuitously describing scenery or the contents of a refrigerator or backstory that doesn’t matter. Plots are streamlined. If something doesn’t push the story forward or illuminate a character detail, it’s gone."

Go check it out, and let her and us know what YA is to YOU!

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Lorie Ann Grover said...

I so agreed with Gayle. And I even believe many authors don't concern themselves with audience age when they are writing.

Little Willow said...

Thank you for sharing this! You've given people a lot to consider here - great fodder for contemplation and discussion - and I nodded along as I read. YA is so much broader than it used to be. Labels are for cans.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Labels are for cans!

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