YA Got Mail. Link round up. (December 5)


Welcome to YA Got Mail!, our weekly link round-up. Time to take a look at other interesting blog posts, Tweets, and articles that have hit the web this past week. What else is happening in the YA world?

Tweet of the Week

Author Affairs

In an extremely personal post, Adam Silvera detailed his past few weeks and his overall life experiences with depression and suicide. While emotional, the post can be triggering, and Silvera warns against reading it if you are triggered by conversation about suicide.

Jeremy Kerr wrote about how YA is for everyone. Dahlia Adler talked about writing and representation on Alice Reeds.

Author Veronica Roth interviewed author Amy Lukavics for EW, talking abut writing violent scenes and horror recommendations. Marissa Meyer talked about ending the Lunar Chronicles series on EW.

MTV interviewed author Kody Keplinger and talked about what it was like to write The DUFF while still in high school. ​J.K. Rowling talked about what it was like to meet Morrissey and how she handles Twitter trolls.​

Moïra Fowley-Doyle talked about fairytales and The Accident Season on the B&N Teen Blog. Julie Murphy visited Pop Goes The Reader and talked about what the holiday season means to her.

On Parade, YA authors shared the books they’re most grateful for. Kate Hart made a list of YA authors to follow on Instagram.

Kiersten White talked with Bustle about And I Darken, book one of her new trilogy. Karen Grigsby Bates took a look at All American Boys on NPR.

Representation in YA

How can anyone feel good, normal, okay, wanted, valued, if they cannot find themselves?” Sarah Benwell wrote about representation and double-edged swords on GayYA.

Kelly Starling Lyons took to the We Need Diverse Books blog to write about family and freedom. J.K. Rowling backed a crowdfunded anthology of essays on race and immigration.

A teen contributor to the Guardian discusses gender non-conformity and why YA needs to be more sensitive to those outside the binary.

SLJ posted about mental health in YA, but author Hannah Moskowitz pointed out that many titles are potentially triggering and not books she’d necessarily recommend to teens experiencing those situations.

On Book Riot, Constance Augusta Zaber wrote an open letter to cisgender people who write “trans” books. Leila Roy talked about how she would only read books by women in 2016.

“If you enjoyed a good book and you’re a woman, the critics think you’re wrong,” wrote Jennifer Weiner in the Guardian, talking about the trend of ‘Goldfinching’ and referencing the dismissal of young adult literature.

Thom Dunn at Upworthy talked to Malinda Lo about her research into the correlation between banned books and inclusive literature. Ten authors took to the Barnes & Noble teen blog to talk about asexuality, immigration and more.

Over at The Guardian, Crazy Maisie Moo asks if YA needs to take a better look at class representation. Reading Wishes shared their list of favorite diverse Australian YA novels.

On SLJ, Kelly Jensen asked: do we honor girls’ stories? Bibliodaze also looked at why women can’t have nice things in the publishing industry.

​Justina Ireland declared that the publishing industry doesn’t need more white knights. Emily Lindin talked about her new book Unslut with Publisher’s Weekly.

Adaptation Chatter

Californians, take your first peek at your Harry Potter world theme park. And speaking of the Potter universe, the new Fantastic Beasts film adaptation will be most like the Goblet of Fire movie adaptation. J.K. Rowling visited the set for the first time this month.

Hello Giggles wants you to look at part of the Harry Potter books that wasn’t included in the films so that you, like them, will be sad.

Tor.com took a look at the last installment in the Hunger Games movie adaptations. Natalie Dormer, who stars in the final two installments of the series, admitted to liking a theory that Hunger Games takes place in a world where Britain won the revolutionary war.

Graham Shelby on Salon posted about how Katniss is also a hero for boys (to which we respond “duh”) and takes a look at the discrepancies in gender representation of fictional characters.

E! Online wants to know if Ms. Marvel could be the next superhero TV adaptation.

Publisher’s Weekly took a look at the upcoming adaptation of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave.

​YA Community

Taylor Swift partnered with Scholastic to donate thousands of books to schools in New York City.​

The Truthwitch website uploaded quizzes to their site. Epic Reads wants to know: which YA horror novel are you? You know, if you could be a terrifying book. And The Book Addict’s Guide wants to know which Lunar Chronicles character you are.

Happy Indulgence shared iPhone wallpapers inspired by Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

Scott Bergstrom, author of The Cruelty, made a passing comment to Publisher’s Weekly about how most YA takes place in a “walled garden” and dismissing YA as lacking moral complications. Victoria Aveyard replied to the comments, and Katherine Locke created a Tumblr to round-up the #MorallyComplicatedYA suggestions. Buzzfeed made a list of 17 morally complicated YA books.

Over at the Guardian, Laxmi Hariharan talked about why speculative fiction is on the rise in YA.

TIME looked back and examined how YA started to emerge as a category in the 1920s.

List Fulfillment

The Barnes & Noble Teen blog has a YA rec for every member of the Babysitter’s Club. Dahlia Adler made a list for the Barnes & Noble Teen blog of books she’d recommend to the Sweet Valley High gang.

The Barnes & Noble Teen blog also listed their best YA books of 2015. Stylist listed their ten best books of 2015 and included YA novel Asking for It by Louise O’Neill. Autostraddle named their top queer books of 2015 and included YA graphic novel series Lumberjanes.

At Bloggers Heart Books, Lanna shared a list of morally complicated YA books.

Buzzfeed listed 13 books to get you in the holiday spirit, along with 42 of the most romantic lines in YA books. Bustled shared a list of six festive YA titles to get you in the mood for the holidays.

YA Got Mail! round-ups done by Tara Hackley and Nicole Brinkley.

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