By Antero Garcia

Younger grownup literature, from The Outsiders to Harry Potter, has assisted in shaping the cultural panorama for young people might be greater than the other kind of consumable media within the 20th and twenty-first century. With the increase of mega blockbuster motion pictures in keeping with those books in recent times, the younger grownup style is being co-opted by way of curious grownup readers and via Hollywood manufacturers. even though, whereas the style could be getting extra readers than ever earlier than, younger grownup literature is still exclusionary and complicated: few titles function traditionally marginalized contributors, the books current heteronormative views, and gender stereotypes proceed to persist.

Taking a serious strategy, younger grownup Literature: not easy Genres deals educators, early life librarians, and scholars a suite of techniques for unpacking, difficult, and remodeling the assumptions of a few of the genre's most well liked titles. Pushing the style ahead, Antero Garcia builds on his stories as a former highschool instructor to provide ideas for integrating younger grownup literature in a modern severe pedagogy by using participatory media.

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It is not enough to simply read I Am Number Four. The first novel functions as a prolonged advertisement (including a cliffhanger ending) for buying into the book’s sequel, the spin-off texts, the film adaptation, and other Lorien Legacies paraphernalia. At over 400 pages and larger print, the book looks hefty. Like the plot of the book falling in line with traditional YA, the book’s size and design signal to readers the book as a commendable title within the YA genre. This, too, is likely a trend that followed the lengthy Harry Potter books that slowly extended their length beyond 200 and 300 page lengths, bursting into longer, “adult” length books.

In doing so, I will explore the online writing and social community, Figment. It is one of several online spaces focused on young people writing, sharing, and discussing young adult literature. And though the site and the way it helps challenge traditional understandings of the YA genre are discussed in that chapter, it is important to acknowledge, here, Figment’s implicit contribution to this book. In early 2012, I was preparing to teach my first Adolescent Literature course at Colorado State University.

The astronomical success of the Harry Potter franchise is unlike any book that has since followed in its publishing footsteps. The Twilight films have broken numerous box office records, but the sustained book, movie, and product sales of Harry Potter have yet to be surpassed. For myriad children growing up around the world during the years that the Rowling series was released, Harry Potter is beacon of exactly why we can fall in love with books. Though his world was mysterious and rife with danger and wonder, it was also 13 CHAPTER 1 a humanizing world of pathos, anger, and learning to accept the world for what it is.

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