The Pop Culture Effect: Trends in Young Adult Literature
McCurdy, Erin C.
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Young adult literature is growing exponentially and the trends are constantly changing. There are distinct characteristics which set young adult literature apart from the rest and make it appealing to adolescent readers. This review of research focuses on the definition of young adult literature, the trends in genres and formatting, and the controversies that surround the genre, including teenage sex and themes of darkness. The literature reviewed discusses a sampling of trending genres; dystopian; teen chick literature; supernatural; Christian young adult; and crossover fiction, which blurs the age boundaries of readers. The research concluded that adolescent readers find non-traditional formatting appealing, such as graphic novels, novels in verse, and multi-platform novels enhanced with technology.