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The Triangular Tragedy of YA Fiction

Posted October 7, 2016

Any reader will be hardpressed to find a novel with a female protagonist whose romantic relationship doesn’t overflow the entire plot.  Authors embrace this formula for heartbreak and success in a variety of ways:  Anita Blake author Laurell K. Hamilton overthrew her supernatural plot of necromancy and sleuthing to highlight Anita’s relations as the only plot; The Selection‘s Kiera Cass made the plot a season of popular television show, The Bachelor.  In the case of Katniss Everdeen, author Suzanne Collins writes her protagonist as a person who both calculates the potential relationships as well as pushing them aside as momentarily distracting and […]


Why I Read YA Fiction: An Overview

Posted February 3, 2015
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My favorite conversation topic is and has always been literature.  In high school, it was our love for the written word that may have been the only thread in common betwixt my group of friends.  I am now 25, and a few months ago I found myself in conversation with one of these old friends, and the topic of our book-of-the-moment inevitably arose.  When I know a person well enough, I am completely shameless in my literary loves, and in the course of this conversation, my friend said something along the lines of “now that I’m an adult, I try […]

Love is just a game.

Love is just a game.

Posted February 1, 2012

Why would the courtesan choose the penniless sitar player over the maharaja, who is offering her a lifetime of security? Sometimes human emotion overcomes our logic. This is true in real life – where people are romantically encouraged to follow their hearts instead of their minds – as well as in writing. As writers, our wants often overwhelm the reality of a good story. There is no fault in giving the readers a romantic ending – after all, the “happily ever after” is my favorite part of a story, but we need to remember to keep things sensible. I am […]