In honor of fifty years of YA novels

reading-1309980In honor of its fiftieth anniversary, I read The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton again after about twenty-five years. Hinton has been said to single-handedly jump started the YA publishing market.

I went through a period of reading YA novels. Most of Hinton’s–That Was Then, This Is Now; Rumble Fish–and tackled Paul Zindel’s books beginning with The Pigman. To my repertoire of YA novels, I read Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War, Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, Lois Lowry’s The Giver, and many more.

Even as an adult, I’ve enjoyed YA fiction more than ever. As an adult, I’ve read classics like William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia, E. L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler just to name a few. I have never thought YA novels were only for young adults.

YA fiction has ruled pop culture the last fifteen to twenty years: The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, and The Harry Potter series are the tip of the iceberg.

Here’s an article by a young adult author about her writing experience. It’s hilarious:

A Crash Course in YA Taught Me How to Write.

 

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Author: andrewmfriday

I can’t help it. I’m a born nerd. I have loved science fiction since I came home from school, turned on the television and watched reruns of Lost in Space. Then I graduated to Star Trek. I still remember going to the theater with my dad and brother and watching Star Wars. My dad said he had no idea what the movie was about. But I loved it. Moving on to literature, when I read Dune in middle school, it changed my attitude about reading. From there it was Anne McCaffrey’s dragon books. My friends and I shared copies of the original Elfquest graphic novels on the school bus. Don’t ask me who my favorite author is. I have more than one and I appreciate each of them for different reasons. But some science fiction and fantasy authors who have influenced me include: Dan Simmons, Frank Herbert, Connie Willis, Vernor Vinge, C. S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, Madeleine L’Engle, and … I could go on until lunchtime. Oh, and non-science fiction and fantasy authors I enjoy are: John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cormac McCarthy and Anne Lamott. So I’m writing episodes based on this universe I’ve created in my mind. It’s called Consortium. I’m having fun writing them, but it’s hard work. Be sure to check them out.

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