What is the purpose of YA fiction? What should and shouldn’t it do – and how? by Alexia Casale

A good post that discusses a difficult topic. As a YA author whose books have been called “a bit dark”, I appreciate this author’s treatment of the subject.

ACcrompressedcropA British-American citizen of Italian heritage, Alexia is an editor, teacher and writing consultant. After studying psychology then educational technology at Cambridge, she moved to New York to work on a Tony-award-winning Broadway show before completing a PhD and teaching qualification. In between, she worked as a West End script-critic, box-office manager for a music festival and executive editor of a human rights journal. Alexia has always wanted a Dragon; luckily, she has her very own rib in a pot…

Her debut novel, The Bone Dragon, was published in 2013.

What is the purpose of YA fiction? What should and shouldn’t it do – and how?

These are surprisingly divisive questions, but there are two main categories of opinion that I’m interested in. Both see YA fiction (and literature in general) as an important part of learning about the world and growing up: a way to vicariously live other lives…

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