Wednesday, June 22, 2011

wonderful article on writing YA fiction


Bethany said...

Oh, I loved that article. Thanks Jo, glad I stopped by, as usual. I'm going to be forwarding it to the children's/ya librarian.

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Jo said...

Oo, what a good idea.

Now, I have to admit, it made me think of a book I read, that was based on an old Scandinavian sage format, that was grim and nasty and made me wish I hadn't read it. And I read it as an older teenager, as far as I can remember.

However, it futuristic, not realisism, and I think i'd still feel the same about it today.

I would have said that, but I can't remember the book!

Janine Ashbless said...

I've read that book too, Jo. it's called Bloodtide, by Melvin Burgess. It's fairly horrible.

Personally I hate grim and depressing YA books, but I recognise that I've had a priviledged (ie happy) upbringing and they're just not aimed at me. The worst one ever was called "The Girl in Red"

After that I mostly gave up reading modern YA fiction.

But having read the comments on that article you linked to, I have nowordered "The Absolutely True story of a Part-time Indian"! It sounds grim but not depressing, which I'm prepared to deal with :-)

Jo said...

Oh, that's great, Janine! Shanna posted that link. That was indeed the book, well spotted from my vague description. The pig creature... ugh... but it was really the hopeless ending that got to me. And knowing it was based on a saga didn't make it better, somehow.

I hear JKR has something new about to be launched, have you heard about it? I told Olivia already, but it might be something adult, I dunno.

Not 'adult' :D

Janine Ashbless said...

This is all anyone knows about JKR: