YA = Young Adult. Kind of.

June 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Writing, Reading | Leave a comment

Not sure what Young Adult literature is, who reads it, why and where it’s read? Read on …

Here are ten things everyone should know about Young Adult literature:

10. Young adult fiction/literature is writing marketed to and published for young people.

9.  The American Library Association defines a young adult as someone between the ages of 12 and 18.

8.  YA is the abbreviation for Young Adult.

7.  YA literature shares the fundamental writing elements of character, plot, setting, theme & style. However, theme & style override the other elements to appeal more readily to younger readers.

6.  Most YA stories portray a young adult, rather than an adult or child, protagonist.

5.  YA stories can span the spectrum of fiction genres ~ fantasy, romance, horror, memoir, mystery …

4. Themes in YA stories often focus on the challenges of youth.

3. Writing styles of YA stories range widely from the richness of literary style to the clarity and speed of the unobtrusive.

2. The characteristics of a YA story are many. That’s a separate top ten list unto itself!

1.  ADULTS read YA literature, too!

COMING SOON ~ The top ten characteristics and a top ten of YA books.

So, now that you know what YA is, start reading it or writing it … better yet, do both!!


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