Posts Tagged: ya

Vampire Diaries Author Now Writing Fan Fiction For Her Own Series

Via the Wall Street Journal:

When Alloy Entertainment fired L.J. Smith from the popular young-adult book series "The Vampire Diaries" and replaced her with a ghostwriter three years ago, a civil war broke out among fans. One camp swore fealty to the characters and embraced the new books, which still feature Ms. Smith's name prominently on the cover as the series' creator. The other, more vocal faction sided with Ms. Smith and boycotted the ghostwritten novels.

"I would not read those books if they were the last books on earth," said Christina Crowley, a 35-year-old substitute teacher in Riverview, Mich., and a staunch L.J. Smith fan. "I didn't [...]


‘Oh, Madeleine L’Engle!’

"Much about the Austins seems too good to be true—the way they spontaneously break out into a four-part hymn during a picnic on the mountain, or the smug confession by Vicky, the eldest daughter and narrator, that “we seem to watch a lot less television than most of our friends.”" —Oh, snap, finally. No, it's a mostly kindly review of a Leonard Marcus' book-length collection of interviews about Madeleine L’Engle. Now, here is the dishy 2004 profile in The New Yorker that various interviewees objected to.


Popular Young Adult Literature, Revised for Today's Reader

If there is one idea that we can all agree on, it is that all popular literature needs to be re-written once every 25 years or so, so that nobody gets confused by a book’s weird, outdated references to “sanitary napkin belts” or “Spiro T. Agnew.”

This goes doubly so for young adult literature, where older books do actually get updated on the regular. They did it a little bit to Are You There, God?, It’s Me, Margaret? a few years ago, switching out the heroine’s old-timey menstrual products for maxi pads; and they did it a lot to the Sweet Valley High novels, many of which were [...]


Talking to Lauren Oliver and Lexa Hillyer, "Story Architects" for Young Adult Literature

Lauren Oliver and Lexa Hillyer are the co-founders of Paper Lantern Lit, a boutique YA book studio they call a "literary incubator." 

Let me see if I've got the concept of literary incubation right? You guys are the "architects," so you come up with YA concepts you think will do well, then match the concepts with writers; the writers finish a manuscript, you sell the manuscript to a publishing house, the writers get a cut. This is a similar model to book packagers like Alloy (Gossip Girl, etc): what are the differences?

LH: We really admire Alloy’s model and yes, there are definitely some similarities in [...]