Young Adult Fiction and the Youth of a Nation

IMG_7467_smallI’m getting a little tired of YA dystopian novels. They seem calculated only to make money, are highly unoriginal, morally questionable, and full of plot holes. But nobody cares because they are exciting and tell teens yet again, they are super-special (Honest Trailer quote) even before they have done anything. It always boils down to the kids’ destiny, they end up being “the chosen one” who will save the world in some overly dramatic and overly simple story line.

How many can I name? Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Ender’s Game, Divergent, Prodigy, Matched, ok I’m done listing but this is by no means exhaustive. Love triangle dystopian novels are especially trite. Maybe it’s because I genuinely do love a good dystopian novel, that these bother me so much. Rather, try Brave New World, Animal Farm or 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Giver (A YA novel recently made into a film), Lord of the Flies, The Handmaid’s TaleDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and a lot more.

Many of those books in my first list are no more than poorly written, scripted versions of those in my second list. There is a reason classics are considered, well classics, and one reason is that they continue to inspire and challenge. So don’t get cheap knock-offs, go to the source!

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Published by Loura Shares A Story

Loura Lawrence is a tireless, creative entrepreneur specializing in media, communications, and the arts. She holds a Liberal Arts degree in English with a background in photojournalism, and is passionate about education, public policy reform, and women's issues.

2 thoughts on “Young Adult Fiction and the Youth of a Nation

  1. Escapism can be a good thing, although it can become addictive. I just wish the quality were higher. Instead, it’s all about the bottom line and nobody cares that they are producing or consuming junk.


  2. I approve of the sentiment. But if they weren’t inherently flawed, they wouldn’t be realistic, and this is only escapism and profiteering anymore. The audience isn’t big on seeing allegory for the present-day. It wants a way out.


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