In the New York Times, Room for Debate a debate entitled: ’Authors Taking Risks Isn’t Kid Stuff’ takes hold. In the debate some interesting dialogue ensues, not least this fascinating paragraph which about sums up a YA authors position today.
“For a young adult audience, authors have to be at the top of our game. Were competing with Facebook and smartphones, DVRs and iPods — not to mention SATs and extracurriculars. We have to capture and hold our readers’ (limited) attention on Page 1 and sustain it until the end. Young adults are willing to accompany an author just about anywhere — to a dystopian future or the ancient past — but they will not tolerate anything extraneous or self indulgent.”
To read more go to New York Times Room for Debate