All posts tagged: the hunger games

Why does YA have to be about teenagers? Why do books about teenagers have to be YA?

There seems to be some rather apparent inconsistencies in the definition of the YA genre. Particularly with whether it is books about teenagers, or whether it is books aimed at teenagers. I find that it is usually always defined as the former, as every YA book I have ever read features a teenage protagonist, although a number of exceptions exist that do revolve around children. Now┬áI do understand that readers like to read about protagonists they can relate to, that struggle with the same issues that they do. That’s perfectly understandable. Teenagers are not adults. They are teenagers. There is a vast amount of psychological data that shows teenagers are different to adults in many capacities. It’s why we, as humans, have such a long period of adolescence, which is absent from almost all other animals. Almost all other animals reach maturity quite young. But because of the huge amount of information humans need to learn, we go through a prolonged period of childhood, followed by a very distinct period of adolescence. There are profound …

12 Days of Bookmas – What to buy – The Leader of the Rebellion

Hello everyone, and sorry again for missing a day, but I have been pretty sick for a couple of days. Anyway, I’m okay now and here with a bunch of Dystopian recommendations to inspire the future Leader of the Rebellion that you know. Also I know the photos are a bit weird, but I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired and I really love my gingerbread garland and this chair – which I totally made (well, assembled, but did so better than my husband and that’s what matters). Anyway… Books! 1 – The Hunger Games – Ridiculously fluoro editions Okay, yeah. The Hunger Games is a pretty obvious choice when it comes to dystopia, but these super bright fluoro editions (which are actually much brighter than in this photo) is a little less obvious, and just so awesome. Get them here: The Book Depository: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay. 2 – Red Rising by Pierce Brown Now this book is quite similar to The Hunger Games, except it’s far more grown-up (bloody and violent) and set …

July Book Haul – Part One

Um… So I bought quite a few books this month, and this is only Part One. I have more on the way! That is a lot of books, and yes that is a Kindle in there too. That was added to my collection just yesterday. This is absolute proof that I have zero self-control. Most of these are books that I’ve read before but didn’t own. The newbies that are to be read are: The Troop, The Wrath of the Dawn, The Darkest Part of the Forest, The Phantom of the Opera, and Looking for Alaska. I also received The Looking Glass House and Where the Stars Still Shine from Bloomsbury. And I received a hardcover copy of The Other Side of Eve from the Author, Paul Ikin after I bought the Kindle copy and was really enjoying it. I’m currently reading it at the moment and it’s right up my alley. I also got myself a Kindle Voyage as well. After a week of planning with a dear, dear friend in the US who …