EmZombie

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Improving the YA Genre

The genre of Young Adult (or, as I refer to it, YA) has become one of the most popular book genres of the present. These stories, starring teenage protagonists and directed towards a teenage audience, have become quite big due to the appearance of several gems. The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer may be considered the first to inspire other writers to take up this popular genre.

But sometime there is too much of a good thing. For several years after Twilight sprouted up and was just beginning to die out, I was forced to look in other areas of bookstores in order to avoid the mediocre reproductions of YA that came to fulfill the need for this specific genre.

I thought most hope had been lost in that genre…until the arrival of the The Hunger Games Seriesby Suzanne Collins. With the publishing of her first book, Collins had breathed new life into the genre with her unique story about a girl trying to protect family and loved ones from a corrupt dystopian world.

While watching Catching Fire, the second movie made into film based on her book series, I began to think about the success of this book and film series and wondered about how it had emerged from the cess pool of YA novels that all seemed to be cloned from one another. For this article, that is just what I will be exploring as I try to figure out the formula for curing the YA genre.

Listen to CBS 60 Minutes in just 30 Minutes

On DROdio

Using the iPhone's Podcast app, I'm able to listen to thousands of podcasts in the car.  It's priceless (and free), and a way to soak up knowledge I otherwise wouldn't have time for.

Some of my favorite podcasts are (links open iTunes):

- This American Life

- WNYC's Radio Lab

- American Public Media's "Marketplace"

Using the iPhone's Podcast app, I'm able to listen to thousands of podcasts in the car.  It's priceless (and free), and a way to soak up knowledge I otherwise wouldn't have time for. Some of my favorite podcasts are (links open iTunes): - This American Life - WNYC's Radio Lab - American Public Media's "Marketplace" - CBS' 60 Minutes And the best part is that because the iPhone can play podcasts at 2x speed, and since "60 Minutes" is really just 42 minutes without the ads, that means at 2x I can listen to a full 60 Minutes show in just 30 minutes (interestingly, "2x" is actually 1.5x... I guess 2x sounded better to Apple).  Amazing.

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