I’ve been diving into the world of Young Adult fiction.
It started with Twilight. I’m not one to slam writers, so I will say that the author must’ve done something right…right? I mean, the books went viral, the movies were a huge success, and teenagers all around the globe still engage in the battle of who should steal our protagonist’s heart: Team Edward vs. Team Jacob. It was a smashing hit.
But oh, the adverbs! She whispered softly. He murmured feverishly. She shouted angrily! Cringe.
I read Twilight as research, and got through 2.5 books in the series before losing interest. Quick read, cute story, but kinda creepy. Edward, the vampire, watches Becca as she sleeps–for like, a long time, before admitting his sin. Instead of reacting in anger, like a normal human being, this just makes her swoon harder.
My research concludes as: This book went viral because it’s simple and romantic. It’s simple writing, easy reading, and just outside of the normal romance genre. We have werewolves and vampires, oh my! The mousy, pale heroine, who surely shouldn’t attract such incredible male attention, does indeed capture the hearts of not one, but (as of the third book) three gorgeous guys. Wouldn’t we all love to be her? To be the quiet girl who doesn’t seek attention, or expect it, but receives it anyway? Who doesn’t want to be wanted?
After I tabled Twilight (I got what I needed, and since I found myself not really caring about what team I’d affiliate with, blah…moving on), I started reading some decent YA fiction. It’s kinda fun. Also, it gives me a sense of accomplishment to finish a book, and I can read this stuff fast. :)
My favorite thus far is The Illuminated Adventures of Flora & Ulysses. I recommend it.
Enjoy the rest of your weekends, lovelies! Thank you for your comments, emails, and general support. I <3 you all.