Rethinking the novel in a digital age

As digital technology grows and changes, the art of storytelling is being forced to adapt. Film and TV seem to be doing so readily and creatively – so why has the novel fallen behind? Today I’m discussing the limitations of the novel in the digital age, the ways in which we’re already seeing the written word adapting to digital technology, and the role that digital technology might play in the future of the novel. Continue reading “Rethinking the novel in a digital age”

Post YA: What can 20 somethings move onto after YA?

YA is a genre I’ve always enjoyed. Like any genre, there’s a mix of good and bad, but the good ones are truly special. They’re easy to read without feeling trivial. They can be sad and emotional without feeling sensationalist. They blend humour and tragedy with interesting, likeable characters.

But recently I’ve been finding it hard to engage with this genre. Continue reading “Post YA: What can 20 somethings move onto after YA?”

Is Children’s Lit Exclusively for Children?

I recently read a Slate article subtitled ‘Read whatever you want.  But you should be embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.’ Though the article focuses predominantly on YA literature, it shows a clear snobbishness for books that aren’t aimed specifically at adults. But when we look at the success of, for example, Harry Potter, it becomes clear that there must be something of value in children’s literature for adults. So this poses the question, is children’s literature exclusively for children?

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