YA Publishing Trends: Goodbye Dystopia?

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There was a relatively small area of the library dedicated to YA novels when I was young teenager, and an unfortunate amount of what was available was what Karen Coats describes in “Young Adult Literature: Growing Up in Theory” (2011), as “mean girl novels featuring obscenely rich protagonists” (318). Needless to say I gravitated more towards the fantasy section and reread those books over and over again. YA genres have developed and expanded since then, even in the last 5 years. After the mean girl novels was the paranormal obsession, with Twilight ushering in an audience hungry for books on vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures.

Most recently, dystopian novels have returned with a vengeance, the Hunger Games one of the biggest book and box office sales of the past year, and other hugely popular novels such as the Divergent trilogy (which I have not yet had the pleasure to…

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