I am of an acquaintance with someone who is an author. Ok, truly, I know a few folks who are authors (btw, congrats to Valerie, who was just signed as a YA author!!).
One of the authors I know stated “Look, all I’m saying is that “The Hunger Games” sounds like the title of a Japanese speed-eating game show.”
This really bothered me. It is very hard to find quality YA lit novels. It is even harder to find ones that both boys and girls will read. In general, girls read more than boys. However, I have had two high school boys ask me about the Hunger Games books. They were nearly giddy when I had copies in the library. In fact, I was processing books one day and hadn’t gotten to Catching Fire yet in my pile of books. I told the student to come back at noon for it. He did. That’s dedication. I also had a girl ask for the books, and she practically bounced in happiness that we had it.
Many YA novels are insipid, especially those titles that become very popular, like Twilight. Yes, I’ve read all four Twilight novels. I’ll admit to reading them all more than once. They’re like candy for the brain: bad for you, but hard to stop.
Meanwhile, The Hunger Games trilogy is actually a decent story, with a pretty strong female character, and the romance is kept to a minimum. How often do YA books actually create a character that the reader cares about, *spoiler* who then dies? This one does.
If you’re going to make fun of YA Lit, try writing it!