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Beginning[ edit ] The history of young adult literature is tied to the history of how childhood and young adulthood has been perceived. One early writer to recognize young adults as a distinct group was Sarah Trimmerwho, indescribed "young adulthood" as lasting from ages 14 to Hinton 's The Outsiders The novel features a truer, darker side of adolescent life that was not often represented in works of fiction of the time, and was the first novel published specifically marketed for young adults as Hinton was one when she wrote it.
It was also the decade when literature for adolescents could be said to have come into its own". In the late s and early s, what has come to be known as the "fab five"  were published: The works of Angelou, Guy, and Plath were not written for young readers.
As publishers began to focus on the emerging adolescent market, booksellers and libraries began creating young adult sections distinct from children's literature and novels written for adults.
The s to the mids have been described as the golden age of young-adult fiction, when challenging novels began speaking directly to the interests of the identified adolescent market.
Books dealing with topics such as rapesuicideparental death, and murder which had previously been deemed taboo, saw significant critical and commercial success. A flip-side of this trend was a strong revived interest in the romance novel. The series was praised for its complexity and maturity, and attracted a wide adult audience.
Rowling, as responsible for a resurgence of young adult literature, and re-established the pre-eminent role of speculative fiction in the field,  a trend further solidified by The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
The end of the decade saw a number of awards appear such as the Michael L. Printz Award and Alex Awardsdesigned to recognize excellence in writing for young adult audiences.
Themes[ edit ] Many young adult novels feature coming-of-age stories. These feature adolescents beginning to transform into adults, working through personal problems, and learning to take responsibility for their actions. It provides a pleasurable reading experience for young people, emphasizing real life experiences and problems in easier-to-grasp ways, and depicts societal functions.
The most common of these were friendship, getting into trouble, romantic and sexual interest, and family life. This includes narratives about self-identity, life and death, and individuality. Some of the most common YA genres include contemporary fiction, fantasy, romance, and dystopian.
Martin's Press ran a contest requesting stories about "a sort of older YA or new adult.The Contender. Sometimes, it feels like we are at a crossroads, where everything is changing, and we don't know what we are doing.
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