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Young adult fiction - Wikipedia. Young adult fiction or young adult literature (YA) is fiction published for readers in their youth.
The age range for young adult fiction is subjective. Some sources claim it ranges from ages 1. The terms young adult novel, juvenile novel, teenage fiction, young adult book, etc., refer to the works in this category.The subject matter and story lines of young adult literature are typically consistent with the age and experience of the main character, but this literature spans the spectrum of fiction genres.
Stories that focus on the specific challenges of youth are sometimes referred to as problem novels or coming- of- age novels. According to 2. Tor Books, women outnumbered men by 6. HistoryBeginningThe history of young adult literature is tied to the history of how childhood and young adulthood has been perceived. The 1. 92. 0s "was the first time when it became clear that the young were a separate generation", yet many novels within the young category had been published long before.
One early writer to recognize young adults as a distinct group was Sarah Trimmer, who, in 1. In her children's literature periodical, The Guardian of Education, Trimmer introduced the terms "Books for Children" (for those under fourteen) and "Books for Young Persons" (for those between fourteen and twenty- one), establishing terms of reference for young adult literature that still remains in use. Nineteenth century literature presents several early works, that appealed to young readers, though not necessarily written for them, including The Swiss Family Robinson (1. Walter Scott's Waverley (1. Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist (1.
Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo (1. Tom Brown's Schooldays (1. Dickens' Great Expectations (1. Alice in Wonderland (1.
Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1. Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped (1.
Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1. Moonfleet (1. 89. J. Meade Falkner.2. In the 1. 95. 0s, two influential adult novels, The Catcher in the Rye (1.
Lord of the Flies (1. The modern classification of young- adult fiction originated during the 1.
S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders (1. The novel featured a truer, darker side of adolescent life that was not often represented in works of fiction of the time. Written during high- school and published when Hinton was only 1.
The Outsiders also lacked the nostalgic tone common in books about adolescents written by adults.[1. The Outsiders remains one of the best- selling young adult novels of all time.[1. The 1. 96. 0s became the era "when the 'under 3. It was also be the decade when literature for adolescents could be said to have come into its own".[1.
This increased the discussions about adolescent experiences and the new idea of adolescent authors. In the late 1. 96. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1. Pen Pal Dating Site. American poet Maya Angelou; The Friends (1. Rosa Guy; the semi- autobiographical The Bell Jar (US 1.
UK 1. 96. 7) by poet Sylvia Plath; Bless the Beasts and Children (1. Glendon Swarthout; and Deathwatch (1.
Robb White, which was awarded 1. Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery by the Mystery Writers of America. 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 1. 97. 0s to the mid- 1. In the 1. 98. 0s, young adult literature began pushing the envelope in terms of the subject matter that was considered appropriate for their audience: Books dealing with topics such as rape, suicide, parental death, and murder which had previously been deemed taboo, saw significant critical and commercial success.
This reflected a trend in British and American wanting to read stories that reflected the real word state of young people; A flip- side of this trend was a strong revived interest in the romance novel. Perhaps owing to this, the decade saw a noticeable dearth in fantasy literature from major publishers, even though fantasy titles such as Charlotte's Web and The Chronicles of Narnia had dominated sales in earlier decades.[1.
By the 1. 99. 0s, many worried that the era of young adult literature was going to lose steam might ultimately prove to be a long- lived fad, however due a combination of a continued exploration of mature and controversial themes[1. In 1. 99. 7, J. K.
Rowling's first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published. The first of the seven- book Harry Potter series, which was praised for its complexity and maturity, and attracted a wide adult audience. It was essentially about three adolescents trying to lead a normal life and cope with the banal struggles of coming of age and deal with their loss of innocence in an increasingly war- ridden 1. Britain. The success of the Harry Potter series led many to see Harry Potter and its author, J.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' film is imaginative and faithful but shuns any risk- taking. Today marks the 2. J. K. Rowling's “Harry Potter” series. From our archives, we're resurfacing The Times' original reviews of each “Harry Potter” film adaptation. Meeting Of The Estates General 1789. The following review of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” was first published on Nov.
When you spend in the neighborhood of $1. Gone With the Wind," you want to get what you paid for.
With "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Warner Bros. When a studio is dealing with an author like J. K. Rowling, whose books about a young boy's quest to be the wizard he was meant to be have sold more than 1. Like hulking NFL offensive linemen signed on to safeguard a valuable quarterback, every "Harry Potter" hire, from director Chris Columbus on down, was made with an eye toward ensuring that those hordes of fanatical fans weren't disappointed. As screenwriter Steve Kloves told Vanity Fair, "I'd be lying if I said you're not aware that you're adapting the most beloved book in the world."MORE: Every 'Harry Potter' movie review »Inevitably, the result is a remarkably faithful copy of the book that treats the text like holy writ (hence its 2- hour- and- 3. From the gold in Gringotts, the safe- as- houses goblin- run bank, to the centaur lurking in the forbidden forest that adjoins Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, so much is presented just as written that "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" starts to resemble one of those fiendishly exact replicas of great works of art that Sunday painters can be seen working on in galleries of museums.
For those who remember the mincemeat Hollywood has made out of their favorite books, this fidelity has a lot going for it. Certainly "Harry Potter" has nothing in common with "The Sea Beast," the 1. Moby- Dick" that gave Captain Ahab a last name and a girlfriend he comes home to after killing the white whale, a young woman who says, in the film's most unforgettable line, "Why Ahab Ceeley, you're crying."But copies, even ones as impressive as "Harry Potter," can by definition only go so far. Copies don't provoke passionate responses of either agony or ecstasy; copies don't leave much to object to or get excited about. Ideally, as in something like "The English Patient" or "The Godfather," a film will extend or even transcend the book's emotional territory and bring a touch of cinematic poetry to the proceedings. But to get that, you have to take risks, and risk is something no one associated with this project wanted anything to do with.
Still, it won't do to be unyieldingly grumpy about "Harry Potter." It's easily the best film of Columbus' lightweight but lucrative career ("Home Alone," "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Stepmom"), and its crack production team (including the costume designer from "A Little Princess," Judianna Makovsky; and two of "The English Patient's" Oscar winners, cinematographer John Seale and production designer Stuart Craig) has re- created Hogwarts and environs with a fine visual brio. And there are moments- -not nearly as many as we'd like, but still moments- -when some of the magic of the books rubs off on the screen.
The curmudgeonly way the sorting hat goes about its business of assigning new Hogwarts students to their houses, the mad jumble of Diagon Alley, the rough- and- tumble excitement of the school's signature game, Quidditch; all are conveyed as we might have hoped. What "Harry Potter" also has going for it is its casting of the trio of Harry and his pals. Amazingly, only one of them, Daniel Radcliffe, who brings an even- keeled decency to the role of 1. Harry, has had professional experience, playing David Copperfield in a BBC television production.
Though you wouldn't guess it (director Columbus' experience with child actors is probably a factor here), neither Emma Watson as the smarty- pants Hermione Granger or Rupert Grint as the loyal Ron Weasley had acted outside school plays before. Though the "Harry Potter" team had its pick of performers for the adult parts, not all its choices are as successful. Only one actor brings his role completely to life, and that is the first adult cast as well as a personal choice of author Rowling: Robbie Coltrane as 8- foot- tall Hagrid, Hogwarts' formidable Keeper of Keys and Grounds. Although some of his fellow adults seem to be overly conscious of the responsibility of re- creating universally beloved characters, Coltrane's lively, unabashed spirit and sense of fun make Hagrid as real as a hairy half- giant who carries a pink umbrella could possibly be. The inspiration, he's told journalists, came from Rowling herself, who suggested he think of his character "as one of those really big Hells Angels who gets off a motorbike and then starts talking about how his garden is coming."It's Hagrid who brings the baby Harry to live with the dreadful Dursleys, his only living relatives but Muggles (non- magicians) of the worst sort.
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The Magicians Lev Grossman. Quentin Coldwater is a high school senior, but he’s still secretly obsessed with a series of fantasy novels he read when he was little, about the adventures of five children in a magical land called Fillory.
Compared to that, everything in his real life just seems gray and colorless. That changes when Quentin finds himself admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the practice of modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring Quentin the happiness and adventure and meaning he thought it would—until he and his friends make a stunning discovery: Fillory is real.
The Magicians is a grand, glittering fantasy that reinterprets the grand tradition of C. S. Lewis and J. K. Rowling in a brilliant novel for adults. The Magicians was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback.
It has now been published in more than 2. TV drama on Syfy. Praise for The Magicians: “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. Grossman’s sensibilities are thoroughly adult, his narrative dark and dangerous and full of twists. Hogwarts was never like this.”—George R.
R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones“Sad, hilarious, beautiful & essential to anyone who cares about modern fantasy.”—Joe Hill, author of Horns, Locke & Key and NOS4. A2“Most people will like this book. But there’s a certain type of reader who will enjoy it down to the bottoms of their feet.”—Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind“If you like the Harry Potter books … you should also read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians series, which is a very knowing and wonderful take on the wizard school genre.”—John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars“Fiercely intelligent.”—William Gibson, author of Neuromancer and The Peripheral“The Magicians is the best urban fantasy in years.”—The Onion AV Club“Lev Grossman’s novel The Magicians may just be the most subversive, gripping and enchanting fantasy novel I’ve read this century.”—Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing“The Magicians ought to be required reading for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a fantasy series, or wished they went to a school for wizards.”—Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Get in Trouble“Remember the last time you ran home to finish a book? This is it, folks. The Magicians is the most dazzling, erudite and thoughtful fantasy novel to date. You’ll be bedazzled by the magic but also brought short by what it has to say about the world we live in.”—Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story and Little Failure“This is my ideal escapist fantasy read, a Harry Potter book for grown- ups … I can’t imagine any lover of well- written classic fantasy, from C. S. Lewis’s Narnia books to the works of Diana Wynne Jones, who won’t absolutely adore it.”—Lisa Tuttle, The London Times“This gripping novel draws on the conventions of contemporary and classic fantasy novels in order to upend them, and tell a darkly cunning story about the power of imagination itself … An unexpectedly moving coming- of- age story.”—The New Yorker“Funny, suspenseful and sad, The Magicians ranks as one of the year’s best fantasy novels.”—The San Francisco Chronicle“Upon reading The Magicians, the first thing you want to do is shake Grossman’s hand and congratulate him for his courage … The Magicians blooms with grace and wit and imaginative brio. Grossman has a sense of humor as well as a sense of wonder.”—The Chicago Tribune“The Magicians is Harry Potter as it might have been written by John Crowley…This is one of the best fantasies I’ve read in ages.”—Elizabeth Hand, Fantasy & Science Fiction“The Magicians by Lev Grossman is a very entertaining book; one of those summer page- turners that you wish went on for another six volumes … Grossman is at the height of his powers.”—The Chicago Sun- Times“The Magicians is like Harry Potter if Harry Potter had explored sex, drugs, and existential frustration…The series constructs a unique magic world, in that it’s not really different from our own.”—Vanity Fair“Long ago, while in high school, I read two coming- of- age novels that stayed with me for the rest of my life … I’d not found another voice so rich in describing the adventure and confusion that is growing up in America until now.
THE MAGICIANS, like those earlier books, tells that same journey; only its route is one of magic and fantasy.”—Ron Fortier, The Denver Times“Sly and lyrical … The Magicians is an homage to both J. K. Rowling and C.
S. Lewis, as well as an exploration of what might happen if troubled kids were let loose in the supernatural realms they grew up reading about. Grossman captures the magic of childhood and the sobering years beyond.”—Jeff Giles, Entertainment Weekly“The Magicians is a triumph. It’s the real deal, guaranteed.”—Michelle Kerns, The Examiner“The Magicians is angst- ridden, bleak, occasionally joyous and gloriously readable.