In the two weeks after its November release, Michelle Obama’s highly-anticipated memoir, Becoming, became the best-selling title of all of 2018. Many of them had roots in Harry Potter fandom from way back. For all the criticism hurled at YA Twitter, the community of young adult readers, writers, editors, and publishing professionals have done a remarkably thorough job in helping authors from marginalized communities attain the attention— and money—they deserve. In the mid-2010s, it seemed like everyone was reading these books, and the HBO adaptation, which premiered in 2018, only heightened the craze. In 2016, “Emily Doe” published the bracing victim-impact statement she read at the sentencing of the man convicted of sexually assaulting her. I’m pretty sure it was paperback and it was YA or upper grade school level reading. Vote for your favorite in the poll below. Eight Rising Stars You're About to See Everywhere, What to Know About the Down-Ballot Election, Pete Buttigieg Doesn't Think He's a 'Slayer', This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. By 2010, Stephenie Meyers’ Twilight had already proven that a multivolume YA franchise with a romantic triangle and lashings of paranormal brooding could be a virtual license to mint money, especially when the inevitable movie deal came along.

Graphic by Slate. And while most of these buyers expressed no interest in joining a traditional book club, a majority also described themselves as very involved in online social networks, from purpose-built readers’ sites like Goodreads to general-interest platforms like Twitter. (And there were definitely some racist undertones to the criticism.) Online sleuths, many of them YA authors themselves, soon got to the bottom of this surprise “hit.” In a move worthy of Frey, Sarem had gamed the Times’ list by preordering copies of her essentially self-published novel in bulk. The first in a series about Korean-American teenager Lara Jean Covey, this young adult novel is a swoon-y delight about the magic and madness of falling in love for the first time. To distinguish themselves in an increasingly crowded field, the genre’s characters sported ever-stranger and even outright gimmicky special powers—the ability to manipulate iron or kill with a touch or turn into a bee—and they wrestled with societies that dictated whom they married, segregated them into factions based on temperament, or subjected them to surgery that eradicated their ability to love. Yet no one knew who the author was—until 2019, when Chanel Miller announced that she was Emily, and she was telling her story in her own words. It’s a really big deal when Americans get excited over a work in translation that isn’t written by Haruki Murakami. Join Slate Plus to continue reading, and you’ll get unlimited access to all our work—and support Slate’s independent journalism. By the late 2010s, several big- and small-screen adaptions of hugely popular YA fantasy and science fiction series by Roth, Clare, Rick Yancey, and Pittacus Lore himself had bombed at the box office. Slate is published by The Slate Group, a Graham Holdings Company. Close. Read the rest of Slate’s coverage of the end of the decade. Copycats proliferated. But it provoked one of the most colorful book debates of the last 10 years. Then the 2012 film version of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, a series already enormously popular in print, was a hit in theaters, adding dystopian yarns to the roster of blockbuster YA themes. If there were an award for feel-good novel of the decade, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before would be the obvious winner. In the past two years, online networks of YA authors and readers—mostly female adults—have been convulsed with assorted scandals and controversies that have left many outside observers with the impression that “YA Twitter” is hopelessly “toxic.” Bloggers and Twitter pundits pilloried 2017’s The Black Witch, a debut young adult fantasy novel by Laurie Forest, for its purported “racism.” That criticism proved unconvincing—even to teen readers, who made the book a success and reviewed it enthusiastically on Amazon—but few of those weighing in on the controversy bothered to point out instead how listlessly predictable The Black Witch is, with the usual high-born heroine confronting an unjust world while embroiled in the usual bad boy–good boy love triangle.
All contents © 2020 The Slate Group LLC. Nowadays, it seems everyone knows whether they’re an “I” or an “E.”. Notable YA books of the 1990s: The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney (1990) The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L.J. Posted by 5 hours ago. (And later, millions of viewers, when it was adapted into a film starring Reese Witherspoon.) It didn’t quite seem worthy of the energy adult readers devoted to fighting over it. Marie Kondo became a household name in January 2019 when the TV show based on her best-selling book hit Netflix and gave people a simple praxis for cleaning their homes: “Does it spark joy?” Some people embraced it; some people took it as a personal offense that someone would dare ask they do more with less. Please don't add Middle Grade or New Adult— there are other lists for those. E.L. James one of the richest authors in the world, works in translation published in the United States actually decreased, profound rethinking of office and campus structures, most successful original films of all time, the TV show based on her best-selling book, Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up, landed the author a seven-figure two-book deal, These Are 4 of the Most Important Books of 2016, Top 10 Summer Books for 2010: ELLE's Reading Recommendations. When you put it in those terms, 2010 seems like a dozen lifetimes ago, and to be fair, you could have lived a dozen lifetimes through the long list of electrifying, transportive, and ground-breaking books published in the last 10 years. Science fiction and fantasy readers might have been the first genre fans to congregate online, but YA fans and influencers took to social media with an enthusiasm and alacrity that was head-spinning, but far from surprising. At the beginning of the 2010s, a generation that had grown up obsessed with Harry Potter and other middle-grade fantasy series decided it wasn’t that interested in adult literary fiction, with its often lackadaisical plotting and downbeat endings. Before the infamous shirt, there was the book: an intense and anguished 720-page novel that follows four New York City men through three decades of friendship, love affairs, addictions, traumas, and heartbreaks.

Three years after Flynn dropped her fiery novel, Paula Hawkins released The Girl on the Train, and the story of yet another “unlikeable female narrator” became a massive global success. Cristina Arreola is a reader and writer based in New York City. Jemisin’s success is revolutionary—not only because she’s challenging who is meant to belong in SFF, but because she is rethinking the very stories that are told. The largest segment of this group, 30- to 44-year-olds, were responsible for 28 percent of YA book sales. Photos by WNDB and Amazon.

Graphic by Slate. Jemisin became the first African-American writer to win the Hugo Award, the highest award in Science Fiction and Fantasy, for her novel The Fifth Season. Perhaps it’s inevitable then that this decade has produced incredible art? Word of mouth has always been the most effective way to market fiction, and this was word of mouth on steroids. She might have spared herself the trouble and expense. The novel forces you to reckon with time and its passing, but encourages you to have fun while doing so. A large portion of the genre has always relied on formulaic story lines and high volume, going back to “Carolyn Keene,” the collective pseudonym of the many contracted authors hired to write Nancy Drew mysteries from the 1930s onward. In 2015, Dutch writer Corinne Duyvis started the #ownvoices hashtag on Twitter—which had increasingly become the primary hub of conversations about the genre—to “recommend kidlit about diverse characters written by authors from that same diverse group.” The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, a novel about black victims of police violence that was fortuitously published a few months after the 2016 election, became a steady bestseller, as did Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone, a refreshing fantasy rooted in African mythology published the following spring. The societal influence of this book—which spent 16 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list—is undeniable, and some argue that it led to a profound rethinking of office and campus structures. YA due to release in 2018! “You don’t know me,” she wrote, “But you’ve been inside me.” The statement was an extraordinary testament of her trauma and pain, and a light in the dark for other survivors. These are the 15 books that made the biggest splash this decade; among them you’ll find harrowing stories of surviving sexual assault, a dizzying thriller that shook up the literary world, a memoir about the Herculean task of finding oneself—and forgiving oneself—in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, and a young adult novel that spoke truth to power about race, class, and violence in the United States. If you value our work, please disable your ad blocker. The 15 Books That Defined the 2010s.
In a 2010 article for New York magazine, Suzanne Mozes described how Frey recruited her and other graduate writing program students at Columbia to work for Full Fathom Five writing assorted YA series based on highly commercial premises with an eye toward attracting movie producers.

1. Hear New Nobel Prize Winner Louise Glück Read Three of Her Poems Aloud, segregated them into factions based on temperament, subjected them to surgery that eradicated their ability to love, a study showing that 55 percent of books intended for a YA audience (readers aged 12 to 17) were bought by adults, the online YA community even detected and exposed a fraudulent New York Times “bestseller, Corinne Duyvis started the #ownvoices hashtag on Twitter, Guardian reports that YA authors in the U.K. are panicking. Adult readers were a significant source of the boom. At one point, Full Fathom Five employed as many as 28 writers who were cranking out boilerplate YA novels for minimal compensation. In 2012, Cheryl Strayed published Wild, a memoir about her solo trek through the Pacific Crest Trail, to widespread critical acclaim and the delight of one particularly powerful reader: Oprah Winfrey, who selected the book as the inaugural title for her newly-relaunched book club.

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