The Literary Reign of YA Fiction


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For the 2014 Stuff Mom Never Told You Summer Book Extravaganza, Cristen and Caroline explore the massively popular world of YA fiction and its enduring appeal into adulthood.

Episode sources:

"25 YA Novels Everyone -- Even Adults -- Should Read" by Alison Herman. Jan. 23, 2014. Flavorwire. http://flavorwire.com/434697/25-ya-novels-everyone-even-adults-should-read

"A brief history of young adult literature" by Ashley Strickland. Oct. 17, 2013. CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/15/living/young-adult-fiction-evolution/

"A Short List of Great Resources for Racial Diversity in Young Adult Sci-Fi" by Victoria Law. June 04, 2013. Bitch. http://bitchmagazine.org/post/great-books-and-writers-for-racial-diversity-in-young-adult-sci-fi

"Authors Say Agents Try to "Straighten" Gay Character in YA" by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith. Sept. 12, 2011. Genreville. Publishers Weekly. http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/genreville/?p=1519

"Black History in YA Fiction: A Time Line" by Kelly Jensen. BookRiot. Feb. 05, 2014. http://bookriot.com/2014/02/05/black-history-ya-fiction-time-line/

"Diversity in Publishers Weekly's 2013 Young Adult Bestsellers" by Malinda Lo. March 27, 2014. Diversity in YA. http://www.diversityinya.com/2014/03/diversity-in-publishers-weeklys-2013-young-adult-bestsellers/

"Feminism in Young Adult Fiction" by Kelly Jensen. June 11, 2013. BookRiot. http://bookriot.com/2013/06/11/feminism-in-young-adult-fiction/

"From the Library: 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader." Bitch. Jan. 28, 2011. http://bitchmagazine.org/post/from-the-library-100-young-adult-books-for-the-feminist-reader

"How to Write a Feminist Young Adult Novel" by Rachel Shukert. Jezebel. June 02, 2013. http://jezebel.com/how-to-write-a-feminist-young-adult-novel-510132803

"How Young Adult Fiction Came of Age" by David W. Brown. Aug. 01, 2011. The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2011/08/how-young-adult-fiction-came-of-age/242671/

"LGBT Young Adult Books 2003 - 13: A Decade of Slow But Steady Change" by Malinda Lo. Oct. 28, 2013. Malinda Lo. http://www.malindalo.com/2013/10/lgbt-young-adult-books-2003-13-a-decade-of-slow-but-steady-change/

"Our Bodies, Our Minds: Confronting Self-Image in YA Fiction" by Mahnaz Dar. School Library Journal. Jan. 08, 2013. http://www.slj.com/2013/01/books-media/our-bodies-our-minds-confronting-self-image-in-ya-fiction/

"The Male Voice in Contemporary YA Fiction." by Steve Brezenoff. Stacked. Nov. 19, 2013. http://www.stackedbooks.org/2013/11/the-male-voice-in-contemporary-ya.html

"The Power of Young Adult Fiction." Room for Debate. The New York Times. March 28, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/03/28/the-power-of-young-adult-fiction

"The Thirtysomething Teen: An Adult YA Addict Comes Clean" by Jen Doll. Oct. 06, 2013. Vulture. http://www.vulture.com/2013/10/thirtysomething-teen-on-young-adult-novels.html

"Weight, Body Image & Body Portrayal in YA Book." Sept. 17, 2012. Stacked. http://www.stackedbooks.org/2012/09/weight-body-image-body-portrayal.html

"Why Do Female Authors Dominate Young-Adult Fiction?" by Meghan Lewit. Aug. 07, 2012. The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2012/08/why-do-female-authors-dominate-young-adult-fiction/260829/

"Why the Pretty White Girl YA Book Cover Trend Needs to End" by Ellen Oh. June 06, 2012. Racialicious. http://www.racialicious.com/2012/06/06/why-the-pretty-white-girl-ya-book-cover-trend-needs-to-end/

"YA Fiction and the Many Possibilities of Manhood" by Malinda Lo. Malinda Lo. Nov. 12, 2012. http://www.malindalo.com/2012/11/ya-fiction-and-the-many-possibilities-of-manhood/

"Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels." NPR. Aug. 07, 2012. http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/157795366/your-favorites-100-best-ever-teen-novels

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