Alessandra Balzer, co-publisher of Balzer & Bray at HarperCollins, who edited Generation Dead while at Hyperion, reflected on the category's current popularity. “What recent authors have done is reinvent the genre,” she said. “Twilight took vampires—which are scary—and made them sexy. In Generation Dead, you have an allegory about discrimination, which makes zombies fascinating. These creatures provide great allegories for the issues teens face in their lives, romances and school.”So . . . business as usual, right?
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Here's an article from PW on the new supernatural/horror trend in YA lit, traceable, of course, to the popularity of Twilight. Take-home message?