Monday, October 20, 2008

The Lines Come Pre-Blurred

Leila over at Bookshelves of Doom hooked me up with this article about SF, fantasy, YA, and the meldings thereof. They conclude that a) YA books are selling better than their adult counterparts and b) YA and SF/fantasy are premade for each other, like a horse and carriage.

Quotage from our own Scott Westerfeld about the immense variety to be found on the YA shelves:
"YA is a bit like airplanes in the early 20th century: There are biplanes and triplanes, flapping wings, and engines front and back," Westerfeld says.
There's plenty more, but follow the link for all the goodness. I'm going to go imagine YA books as turn-of-the-century airplanes. Illustrators out there, anyone want to bring this one to life?

1 comment:

Christine Fletcher said...

I love this about YA, that both the books and the readers aren't nearly as rigid as in the adult fiction market. Plus YA is so much friendlier to fiction that crosses genre lines. Paranormal historicals, romantic paranormal speculative, contemporary with a dash of magic realism...just make it work on the page, and it's all good.

Thanks for the link, great article.