Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The YA Decade?



On Monday, the book editors over at Amazon's Omnivoracious published a blog post calling the "00's" the YA Decade. I read my first YA book (as an adult) on accident about 10 years ago. It wasn't until I was getting my library science degree that I started seeking out YA titles. Now it's a majority of what I read.

Do you think the "00's" were the decade of Young Adult literature? Do you agree with the author's they mentioned? In any case, here are the list of author's that the post mentioned by name.

The top 8:
MT Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson
Meg Cabot
Cecily Von Ziegesar
Christopher Paolini
Scott Westerfeld
Stephenie Meyer
John Green

The honorable mentions:
Sherman Alexie, Ann Brashares, Libba Bray, Kristin Cashore, Suzanne Collins, Sarah Dessen, Cory Doctorow, Siobhan Dowd, Neil Gaiman, Maureen Johnson, Justine Larbalestier, Walter Dean Myers, Patrick Ness, Matt de la Pena, and Terry Pratchett.

4 comments:

Cindy said...

Stephanie Meyer beat Neil Gaiman? It may be the YA decade but that doesn't mean the youth have good tastes.

gothiclolitamaiden said...

I agree with Cindy. Neil Gaiman beats Stephenie Meyer any day, and John Green does too. I'm happy that Laurie Halse Anderson and Scott Westerfield placed.

Faythe said...

The inclusion of Stephenie Meyer does make is seem like a popularity contest. It really is a shame that the later Harry Potter books are still considered children's books.

gothiclolitamaiden said...

I know! From a literary standpoint, the Twilight books are unremarkable, but from a pop-culture standpoint they're a huge franchise. I hate it when people label Harry Potter as children's books! They're actually very sophisticated (especially the later ones), and readership isn't limited to children. JKR deserves a place on this list....