Thursday, April 28, 2011

So You Wanna Read YA Lit? (2)

YA novels are the booming genre in today's world of literature. From #1 national bestsellers to feature films, teen reads are taking the world my storm. Everyone wants to write them. Everyone wants to read them. 

Many people want to jump in to the world of YA lit but don't know where to start. Should I just read Harry Potter and call myself an addict? If I read Twilight am I a cop out? Should I only read the paperbacks that haven't been checked out in years?

Welcome to my new series: 

So You Wanna Read YA Lit?

Now, for the people reading this who already enjoy YA lit, you might be wondering "There's rules to this?" 

Absolutely not!

This is just a simple weekly blog series to introduce people to other YA titles, authors, and genres they otherwise wouldn't have thought to read. There's a world of lit beyond The Hunger Games and I aim to prove it!

Step #2 - Books Made Into Movies

An easy way to be invested in reading a novel is knowing you can go watch the movie version afterwards. Not only is it a great way to find new books to read but you can read the book with friends and then see the movie together. The more, the merrier! Many people have turned to the books after seeing Harry Potter, Twilight, or Eragon but it's just as fun to read the book first.

Here's 15 of my favourite YA "Books-Made-Into-Movies":

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Youth in Revolt by C.D. Payne
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Beastly by Alex Flinn

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen by Dyan Sheldon
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

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