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Dystopia: the new Supernatural Romance?

23.05.11 | Comment?

Here’s some links for lovers of young adult dystopian fiction: has it overtaken supernatural romance as the YA genre of choice?

- Love and Dystopia: a new sub genre? There’s been a new influx of novels exploring social issues for teenage girls living in dystopian environments (Matched by Allie Condie, XVI by Julia Karr, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Bumped by Megan McCafferty  for example). We like sub-genres. The New York Times looked at this theme recently.

- The Hunger Games movie: more anticipated than Twilight? The internets is awash with discussion of casting for the Hunger Games movie (due out in the first half of next year): just plug “hunger games casting controversy” into your preferred search engine. The major casting controversy (a blonde actor as Katniss???) might be put to rest soon, with her appearance in costume on the cover of the latestEntertainment Weekly*. See the cover here (what do you think?). EW also has a special Hunger Games Central site here. Incidentally, The Hunger Games made an appearance on the list of 10 most challenged books in the USA in 2010 (although it wasn’t as  un-popular as  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and And Tango Makes Three is still rocking it at number one).

- Back to the New York Times, here’s a debate they hosted about dystopian fiction, featuring authors like Scott Westerfeld (Uglies etc), Paolo Bacigalupi (author of Ship Breaker), and Maggie Stiefvater (currently not a writer of dystopian fiction).

* We have Entertainment Weekly in the young adult magazine collection, so you’ll be able to borrow the Hunger Games issue for free very soon!


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