YA Got Mail! Link round-up. (October 10)


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


Warner Bros. offered a unique experience for Harry Potter fans: Christmas dinner in the Great Hall, the same set used in the films. It’s already sold out.

The upcoming Potter play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be divided  into two parts.​

Fans are leaving socks for Dobby at various Harry Potter exhibits around the world.

​Bustle wants you to know what your favorite Harry Potter book says about you.​

The new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone released on Tuesday! The Telegraph shared the illustration of Snape, ​while illustrator Jim Kay talked about the book on the newly revamped Pottermore.

Author Affairs

Ten YA authors to to the Barnes & Noble Teen blog to share their personal stories on their new Open Mic column. Libba Bray talked about her teenage years and her latest Diviners book at YALSA’s Hub.

Maggie Stiefvater took to the Merry Fates Tumblr to share the origin of her new book The Anatomy of Curiosity. Tahereh Mafi announced the release date of her next book Furthermore on Twitter.

Vanity Fair talked to Leigh Bardugo about her Grishaverse and her new book Six of Crows. Bardugo also did a short interview with Publisher’s Weekly about the return to Ravka. And she talked makeovers in fairytales and YA at The Mary Sue. Oh, and also talked religion and teens with the Deseret News.

Phillip Pullman talks the 20-year anniversary of The Golden Compass.​

If you’re following #ReadRiordan, this interview with Rick Riordan at Publisher’s Weekly on his new Magnus Bane series may be of interest.

​​Lemony Snicket donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood.​ Author Louise O’Neill discused feminism with Bustle. 

Kelly Jensen talks the YA canon and what it might look like. ​Writer Nita Tyndall took a look at who she really writes for.​​

​Jennifer Donnelly talked about her new novel These Shallow Graves with Publisher’s Weekly. April Genevieve Tucholke visited The Mary Sue to talk about women in horror and her Slasher Girls & Monster Boys anthology.​

The Walls Around Us author Nova Ren Suma stopped by VOYA to talk about her life, her writing, and her favorite books.

Meta-fan fiction or a novel? The Guardian discusses Rainbow Rowell’s newest novel Carry On. Rainbow Rowell visited Vanity Fair to talk about Carry On and fandom.

Banned Books Week

​Author Jacqueline Woodson talked about what Banned Books Week means to her and whether it should be talked about as fervently as it is. Author Lauren Myracle (and the rest of the book world) want overprotective parents to stop banning books.

What books are being banned? Shocker – YA books, according to Flavorwire. HuffPo posted about why Banned Books Week should be celebrated.

Buzzfeed readers shared a list of banned books that changed their lives, and quite a few YA titles made the list.​​

Representation in YA

Author ​Justine Larbalestier talked about why ​criticism in YA, especially when it comes to representation of marginalized groups, is important and necessary. Blogger Kaye M. talked about YA representation and how the goal should be ‘do no harm.

Vee S. wrote about the acceptance narrative in trans YA. Cheryl Morgan wrote about writing betters trans characters at Strange Horizons.

Author Dahlia Adler took to the Queer Romance Month website and talked about accidentally becoming her own audience and queer wish fulfillment.

Stacked Books took a critical look at Future Perfect by Jen Larsen. Stacked Books is also underwhelmed with the lack of representation on YA book covers for 2016 and rightfully so.

Daniel José Older vlogged about Lair of Dreams, All American Boys and the role race can play in YA novels. Bustle more or less reviews Aaron Hartzler’s What We Saw and points out the terrifying reality of rape culture.

Seven Jewish authors stopped by the We Need Diverse Books blog to talk about ongoing anti-Semitism.

YA in the Media

​The Wrap says that Hollywood won’t be experiencing young adult fatigue anytime soon. ​EW seems to agree, as they leap into their coverage of the last Hunger Games movie and what fans can expect.

According to HuffPo Books, virtual YA book clubs are on the rise.​

Girls behaving badly in YA? Better known as allowing ladies to be as dynamic and broody as the guys. The Guardian takes a look at the rise of the YA antiheroine. According to The Guardian, you’re never too old to read YA. But we already knew that.

Rah Carter wrote about what ten years of Twilight means to her on Book Riot.

List Fulfillment

​Who are the top villains in YA? The Guardian has a list.​ Amy Lukavics has a list of horror novels to read after finishing her YA Daughters unto Devils.

Gurl posted a list of unique YA-inspired Halloween costume ideas.

Bustle has a list of 15 diverse magical fantasy novels you should read and among them are amazing YA fantasy novels.  Bustle curated a list of six body positive YA reads.

Kelly Jensen rounded up 77 YA novels for your October – December radar.

Buzzfeed made a list of 37 YA books you should read which, unsurprisingly, includes some middle grade titles. Keep trying, Buzzfeed.

YA Interrobang Highlights

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff talked Illuminae with editor Nicole.

Nicole rounded up 10 banned books for the list of the week. 

Lisa Maxwell talked Sweet Unrest with Lauren Byrnes.

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

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Tara is a twenty-something with a love of writing, animals, and life. She's usually reading or writing but if she's not, she's out finding her next great adventure.

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