“Emotionally Truthful” Other (Addl posts)

What is the secret to the success of a YA novel? Well, Nolan Feeny who is the author of “The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Young-Adult Fiction Author” says it’s all about emotional truth. This concept that he explores in his piece conveys the message that writers must connect to the teen experience and be as truthful as they can about the struggles that adolescents go through. If you reflect upon most of the YA books that are successful in today’s market, some of them do have very fantastical plots, but I think that the universal themes of love, identity , peer pressure and other life struggles that are pertinent to teen lives are present in these novels. Although, it can be tough as a writer to create a book that speaks to the teen experience, and it can also be difficult as a  teacher to talk about these adolescent experiences, I think there is always a component of relatability that can be reached in these novels that is accessible to people of all ages. As an avid reader, I enjoy reading stories about love, so whenever there is a story that is based on this theme, I am immediately attached to the text. Hence, what do you think about the idea of being emotionally truthful? Do you think this in idea that all writers should adapt to their books, especially in the genre of young adult fiction?-JC

Here’s the link: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/10/the-8-habits-of-highly-successful-young-adult-fiction-authors/280722/


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