LIB-312 Written Assignment 4: Young Adult Fiction

LIB-312 Written Assignment 4: Young Adult Fiction

Young adult fiction (YA) is a classification of fiction purposely for teenagers between the age of 12 to 18 years. The dialogue used in this category involves slang. Though this category is meant for the teenagers, most of its audience is adults. Women writing young adult literature are more than men meaning that girls enjoy reading than boys. The fictions try to put more effort into the interests of teenagers. For example, peer pressure, drugs and relationships. They also cover other major topics such as religion, race and class.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a dystopian Young Adult novel that contains some genres in it including dystopia, romance, fantasy, adventure and science fiction. The different styles bring in new ideas and change the perception of the audience towards the stories. The Hunger Games try to show teenagers the challenges of violence and oppression. The anxieties of the oppressed around the world are seen in the films. Though actions in the films may be exaggerated, they resemble the day to day happenings in the societies. The Hunger Games show the theme of violence when the audience watch the 24 teenagers murdering each other. In reality, youths are witnessed killing each other in riots, crime and love affair. The scenes in the films educate children that violence is unpleasant, and it is wrong in society. It comes with consequences that are long term to the victims or the perpetrators. The Young Adults understand that crime and violence is there to stay and will be there even in future societies. They should be ready to abstain from vices of crime and violence to relate well with other people in community.


The Book of Greek Myths teaches young adults about greek and their heritage. The colorful pictures and interesting stories about the gods and goddesses of ancient Greek are not only captivating to the reader’s mind but are also educational. Through this book, teenagers can learn about western civilization and the world around them. The mixture of drawings, precise and lyrical stories make the book easily digestible to the reader.

The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of Brother Grimm is a good book for Young Adults who like fairy tales and animated films. Teenagers can understand the German oral traditions and the legends who existed among the German people.

The Legends in Exile gives Young Adults an idea about politics and crime. It depicts the modern-day world as the stories involve murder and misery. The fables are exiled from their homes by an enemy and relocated to New York. The book is both very entertaining and creative and preferably the best for the Young Adults.

Preludes and Nocturnes talks about dark violence and it is a fantasy story that is good for young readers. Though the images are powerful and disturbing, the artwork is extraordinary and artistic. It explains to teenagers about the dark world and how it is full of nightmares. Young Adults understand how the wrong deeds can bring a lot of consequences to society.

These books impact the reactions of younger readers, and they can understand what is best for them, what to do and what not to do and how to set an excellent example in society.



Work Cited

Cole, P. B. (2008). Young adult literature in the 21st century.

D’Aulaire, Ingri and D’Aulaire, Edgar Parin. D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths. Delacorte Books, 1992. ISBN-13: 978-0440406945

Grimm, Jacob and Grimm, Wilhelm. The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brother Grimm: The Complete First Edition. Princeton University Press, 2014. ISBN-13: 978-0691160597

Tatar, Maria. The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales (Expanded Second Edition). Princeton University Press, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0691114699

Gaiman, Neil. Sandman: Preludes and nocturnes (Volume I). Vertigo, 2010. ISBN-13:  978-1401225759

Carroll, Lewis. Alice in Wonderland. W.W. Norton & Company (Third Edition), 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0393932348 *Please note: If you are unable to acquire this edition, any publication or text edition of Alice in Wonderland will be suitable for this course.

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games (Book 1). Scholastic Press, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0439023528

Willingham, Bill. Fables: Legends in exile (Volume I). Vertigo, 2012. ISBN-13:978-1401237554

Basu, B., Broad, K. R., & Hintz, C. (Eds.). (2013). Contemporary dystopian fiction for young adults: Brave new teenagers. Routledge.