The Power of the Young Adult Genre: A Conversation with Three Popular YA Novelists

Three of the hottest YA novelists sat down with Alice Bloom, host of A Town…and Village, for a rousing discussion on the genre and why it’s so important. The panelists included Amalie Howard, author of Bloodspell, Emmy Laybourne of Monument 14 fame, and finally Annabel Monaghan, who wrote Digit.

They begin by saying that the rise of the Young Adult genre all started thanks to J.K. Rowling, the author of the beloved Harry Potter series. If her books hadn’t turned out to be such a literary phenomena that crossed generational lines, it’s unlikely that the YA genre would be the hot selling ticket that it is today. Monaghan also goes on to point out that YA novels are important because they help bridge a gap between adults and their children. Adults could read a YA series and remember what it felt like to fall in love for the first time as well as bond with their kids over rousing discussions about the latest Harry Potter book.

Whether you are a fan of the Young Adult genre or not, all three authors make excellent points as to why it became such a hit so quickly and why it is an important genre as well.

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