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A Best-Selling Book, a Behind-the-Scenes Scandal

'Handbook for Mortals' has been yanked from 'NYT' best-seller list for YA fiction

(Newser) - How did a book many have never heard of, from both a new author and a new publisher, suddenly dethrone the book that had been at the top of the New York Times best-seller list for young adult fiction? It wasn't thanks to a publicity campaign or a celebrity... More »

Hey Adult YA Readers, Grow Up Already

'We are better than this,' Ruth Graham says of her fellow grown-ups

(Newser) - Time was, adults wouldn't be caught dead reading a book written for teens, but now grownups buy more young-adult books than young adults themselves. At Slate , Ruth Graham wishes this weren't so. "Adults should feel embarrassed about reading literature written for children," she writes. Sure, they'... More »

The Fault In Our Stars Will Make You Cry

And critics, for the most part, love it for it

(Newser) - The much-anticipated film adaptation of John Green's The Fault In Our Stars opens today, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as teen lovers dealing with cancer. Critics are in love, too—as of this writing it has an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes —with most praising its wit and... More »

Divergent Is Safe, Derivative

Latest YA dystopian epic not bad, but it's no 'Hunger Games,' critics say

(Newser) - A dystopian sci-fi movie with a courageous young heroine based on a popular YA novel hits theaters this weekend—and no, it's not that other movie. No, this is Divergent, the story of a girl in a strictly segmented society who doesn't fit into any of those segments.... More »

Most YA Books Bought By Adults

Faster-paced books appeal to everyone, it turns out

(Newser) - It turns out you're not the only grown-up devouring the Hunger Games. A new study from Bowker Market Research found that 55% of the people buying young adult novels are actually regular adults, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Oh sure, some say they're buying them for younger relatives,... More »

It's OK for Teen Fiction to Address (Gasp) Sex

It can be healthy, safe way to explore sexuality: Tracy Clark-Flory

(Newser) - A new study about teen fiction raises a familiar alarm bell: The books have too much sex. Roughly half of young-adult titles have some kind of racy content, which runs the gamut from kissing to intercourse, warns the study from Brigham Young University. Oh, please, writes Tracy Clark-Flory at Salon... More »

Inside James Frey's Sweatshop-Like Novel Factory

Controversial author hires writers to churn out novels on the cheap

(Newser) - James Frey, infamous for angering Oprah with his "fake memoir" A Million Little Pieces, idolizes Vonnegut, Hemingway, and Henry Miller. He's the kind of writer who talks about wanting to "change the game" and "move the paradigm." Yet he's also the head of Full Fathom Five,... More »

Twilight Fans Flock to Gloomy Town

Thousands flock to Forks, Wash., to seek out subjects of best-selling books, movie

(Newser) - A vampire and a werewolf are helping to revive the flagging economy of a Washington timber town, the LA Times reports. This year alone, more than 7,000 giggling, eager teens have visited Forks, Wash., to see locations from Stephenie Meyer's best-selling Twilight series. Most locals are playing along, and... More »

Anne of Green Gables, at 100, Goes Legit

Scribe cheers as Modern Library adds heroine to canon

(Newser) - Impetuous redheaded orphan Anne of Green Gables got the biggest gift of all on her 100th birthday: Official introduction into the literary canon. The Modern Library will issue a centennial edition of the first book in the series of eight. Some scholars bristle at the decision to place Anne alongside... More »

Hornby Seeks YA Audience

Slam features a talking Tony Hawk poster

(Newser) - Nick Hornby, the British novelist best known for High Fidelity and About a Boy, is temporarily shucking characters who refuse to grow up for characters who really aren't grown up. Hornby's first young adult novel, Slam, is about a teen who gets his girlfriend pregnant and talks his problems over... More »

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