- What if, in the future, love were considered a disease?
- What if there were a boarding school that trained teenage girls to be spies?
- What if a boy wizard had to battle the dark lord who murdered his parents?
- Two kids in a cancer support group meet and fall in love.
- Before a girl commits suicide, she makes recordings for thirteen people, telling them why they're at fault.
- A girl, clinging to life after the car accident that killed her family, must decide whether to live or die.
1) the enormous popularity of TFiOS, which I'd call a high concept book.
2) the fact that many YA books are being made into movies, which favor high concept plots, so perhaps that's another reason that publishers are actively looking for script-friendly (and perhaps high-concept) YA.
3) as some readers are moving away from paranormal/dystopian books, they want realistic stories that have higher stakes -- life and death stuff.
- A girl who lets strangers on a website make important life decisions for her.
- A girl who decides to get her cheating boyfriend back by using ancient warfare strategies.
- A boy whose head is cryogenically frozen and then reattached to a new body.
So, it could just be me, but I feel a little worried. Is this a trend? Maybe, maybe not. I hope that NON high concept realistic YA fiction doesn't get crowded off the shelves. I still want to read realistic YA that's complicated. Character-driven. Subtle. Experimental. Hard to market.
Tell me what you think in comments. Because, you know, everyone may totally disagree with me on this one...
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