Another FIVE challenge courtesy of Persnickety Snark.
Topic: 5 hopes for YA in 2011
At first I wasn't going to join in on today's topic. Mainly as I am a happy little YA reader ~ rarely running into annoying tropes that other people seem to be stumbling upon, mostly full of admiration and love for the YA books that find themselves in my greedy little YA-loving hands.
But then I was thinking it over today and, yeah, I realised there are some hopes I have.
Also, I happen to enjoy making lists... :) Here's my 5:
ONEMe talking about the Aussie stuff again :) That more Aussie titles are available internationally. I so (completely unbiased ;) believe there's some brilliant books down under that just don't get to fly in the international market.
TWOA selfish hope: Ahh, you know, I'm keen on some older protags in YA ~ crossing over in the new adult market.
- This year I SO loved Good Oil which was 2 POV's, Amelia who's 15, Chris who's 22.
- Also, loved Elizabeth Scott's Stealing Heaven with Dani who's 18 and Greg who's 20.
- And, of course, Kirsty Eagar's Raw Blue where Carly is 19 and Ryan is 26
I'd love some more books set in university (college) ~ like Psych Major Syndrome. Just love that older protag vibe and the scene and themes that come with it.
THREEA hope for older readers: I hope YA continues to grow in it's older adult readership.
That any shame older folk feel in raiding the YA shelves fades as YA is continually recognised as a brilliant genre for people of all ages.
This year was the first year that Aussie YA was awarded with the Prime Minister's Literary Award ~ yay for national celebration of the outstanding YA novels written for Aussie teens.
I hope the Young Adult genre is increasingly seen as a genre of intelligent, thoughtful, fun and smashing titles that impact teens and that provide quality reads for adults as well. That those outstanding YA authors are honoured and respected and celebrated and widely read. That YA authors aren't made to feel even the tiniest smidgen of a bit lesser of an author because of the age bracket they write for.
FOURKind of pertaining to the YA blogosphere... and readers in general: That people would make time to discover older titles, not just chase after the shiny new ones. Also, that hidden gems wouldn't remain so overlooked in the shadow of Big Deal Hype Novels. I love to see lesser known novels shining rather than the same novel over and over again being flogged everywhere.
FIVELastly, a little hope for my favourite YA authors. That they would know how much I am in awe of them ~ how much their books mean to teens and adult readers a like. And that in the current economic climate, their labours would be rewarded with publishing deals and readership support that ensures they can keep on writing :) It's a tough world out there...
A side note: Mate, in general, how much do I love YA? (well, obviously, as I'm reading it :) To people who want more male POVs, strong protags, realistic love stories, compelling love triangles, and characters dealing with real teen problems ~ there's an abundance of that stuff already out there. There's so much brilliance already on the shelves if you're looking in the right places.
I hope you find the perfect YA reads for you in 2011 :)
What are your hopes for YA in 2011?