Category: Film Critiques/Analysis

Young Adult Fiction and the Youth of a Nation

IMG_7467_smallI’m getting a little tired of YA dystopian novels. They seem calculated only to make money, are highly unoriginal, morally questionable, and full of plot holes. But nobody cares because they are exciting and tell teens yet again, they are super-special (Honest Trailer quote) even before they have done anything. It always boils down to the kids’ destiny, they end up being “the chosen one” who will save the world in some overly dramatic and overly simple story line.

How many can I name? Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Ender’s Game, Divergent, Prodigy, Matched, ok I’m done listing but this is by no means exhaustive. Love triangle dystopian novels are especially trite. Maybe it’s because I genuinely do love a good dystopian novel, that these bother me so much. Rather, try Brave New World, Animal Farm or 1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Giver (A YA novel recently made into a film), Lord of the Flies, The Handmaid’s TaleDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and a lot more.

Many of those books in my first list are no more than poorly written, scripted versions of those in my second list. There is a reason classics are considered, well classics, and one reason is that they continue to inspire and challenge. So don’t get cheap knock-offs, go to the source!


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