Some YA thoughts
Check out this Wall Street Journal article on the trend to the dark in YA. If you’ve even strolled through a B&N or Borders you can see this move to the darker/edgier play out in the cover designs especially.
I’d point out particularly the last line referencing YA novels “which initially seem frolicky and fun but are actually creepy and morally bereft and leave you feeling utterly hopeless” as a particular pet peeve of mine. I love a fun read but do also feel, as many of the authors interviewed in the article express, that YA authors especially have a certain calling to present a world where a moral code, any moral code (even if in the course of the action it’s violated) exists. Amorality is a bigger qualm for me than immorality–one is a choice, the other is unrealistic.
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