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inkpop Fundamentals: December 30, 2010

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on December 30, 2010

Debate: YA dystopian fiction In the early 2000’s, YA fiction sat upon bookstore shelves most often in the form of modern-day fairytales and romance novels; flash forward a few years (to a few days shy of 2011), and you will find that YA fiction has undergone a drastic makeover, proffering a large quantity of dark, creepy, scary dystopian tales to hungry readers. Why the wild turn-around? YA fans come forth! YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Scott Westerfield, Andrew Clements, Jay Parini, Michelle Ann Abate, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Lisa Rowe Fraustino have all penned essays, weighing in on the reasons for the quick turn-around in YA fiction – and why readers crave it! New York Times.

So you want to be a princess… Forget summer camps that offer little more than classes in arts and crafts followed up by day-old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; Princess Prep, sounding quite a bit like a posh academy swiped from a fairytale, is the new camp for cool kids – or, rather, young ladies whom dream of being a princess. The brainchild of American-born Jerramy Fine; Princess Prep allows American girls between the ages of eight and eleven-years-old a summer of true princess experiences – “… the girls will live in Kensington, have daily etiquette lessons, visit four Royal Palaces and study the lives of historical and modern-day princesses.” Daily Mail.

Taylor Lautner takes on more YA fiction! Eighteen-year-old Taylor Lautner is no stranger to the world of YA fiction. Since 2008 he has played the role of Jacob Black in the box office breaking Twilight Saga film series based on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling book series of the same title; come 2011, however, he will enter an even darker world, starring as Finn in the big screen adaptation of Catherine Fisher’s Incarceron which “… follows the story of Finn, a boy raised in the brutal Incarceron prison, sealed off from the rest of the world. His fate is to escape the prison, and he gets his chance when he receives a special crystal key. He meets up with several companions and journeys to find a way to escape.” Hollywood Crush.

Over to you…why do you think dystopian YA fiction has become so popular in recent years? If money weren’t an option, would you ever attend a true princess academy – why or why not? Are you excited to see Incarceron brought to the big screen? Do you think that Taylor Lautner will make a good Finn?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

2 Responses to “inkpop Fundamentals: December 30, 2010”

  1. Wildgreenskittle said

    Taylor Lautner as Finn? O_o I did not picture him like that, lol.

  2. Georgia said

    I think that YA’s increasing popularity can date back to Harry Potter, but that the paranormal explosion can be credited to Stephenie Meyer (much as I hate to admit that). It’s possible, therefore, that dystopian fiction is the ‘next thing’, as they tend to be original and well written, unlike most of the paranormal novels floating around now.

    I mean, how many times can a girl fall in love with her stalker?

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