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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

YA Bloggers Want...Originality! Dystopian! The Neverending Shelf

Welcome back to another installment of the astonishingly popular chronicles of What YA Bloggers Want. Today I am thrilled to welcome Kate from The Neverending Shelf!
Kate was a a very early fan of TELL ME A SECRET through Other Shelf Tours, and I am grateful for her kind words about the book. It's an honor to turn the blog over to her to chat about...dystopian, of course!

Welcome, Kate!


What YA bloggers want? More Dystopian novels!
Why? Because each one usually offers something completely different. For me, there is nothing like reading a dystopian novel. I love reading about a society that has been destroyed/altered and what the outcome is like. They transport me into a another society... time period that I cannot experience currently. It is the ultimate escape.

Something else I want on the YA shelf is more originality. I love, love authors that think outside the box. As a reader, I crave those novels that offer something that I have not seen before. Whether it is a twist on a classic tale or a new original tale, I just need something that will make me believe that this novel is offering something special. Something that I cannot find anywhere else.

Want to get to know me better as a reader? Here are a few of my all-time favorite YA novels:

The Looking Glass Wars (Looking Glass Wars, #1) by Frank Beddor
Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Uglies (Uglies, #1) by Scott Westerfeld
Skin Hunger (A Resurrection of Magic, #1) by Kathleen Duey
Thank you for stopping by, Kate!
Readers, are you mad about dystopian? Do you think it will be fly-by-night, or do you think it's here to stay as a major force in YA lit? Do you think the series factor has anything to do with their popularity? And I'd be especially curious to know if anyone has written about about modern dystopians for any kind of school writing assignment. Tell us!
Plus we're stilling giving away book prizes (US). Leave a comment for a chance to win one of these delicious YA books:


  1. I love dystopian novels, but a few that I have read have really lacked strong characters. The same can be said for books of just about any genre, but it's sad to see something that could have been so awesome fall flat. I think series can be more popular than stand-alones because they build up a fan base and there is more character development. I had to choose a movie to review for my Film Studies class and I chose Never Let Me Go because I love Carey Mulligan and dystopian stories.
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  2. I think Dystopian is going to be HUGE! Here are just a few Dystopians that I just loved:
    Maze Runner
    Gone Series
    (I'd better stop because I could go on all day!)

  3. ok, honestly I had to look Dystopian up and I had no idea what it meant. I've been on a huge romance kick and as I am slowly discovering YA books, it's like a whole new world has opened up. I have discovered so many books that I love that have nothing to do with romance. Being a stay at home mom of three, I thought romance was all I needed and wanted. I never thought there were so many worlds out there that I could discover through these books. Now, Distopian is a hard one and I don't think I have read any sereies of that, though I am willing to look into it. I love series and they have such a huge fan base because the character development through those is amazing. There is so much more depth to dive into than you could get in just one book. The only books I can think of that fit the distopian definition that I have read are Lord of the Flies and The Road. Both books which I have loved

  4. I love the idea of dystopian. I'd write one if the idea came along! One series I've heard great things about is the Life As We Knew It / The Dead and the Gone / This World We Live In series by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I loved Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now. Sci-fi in general is interesting to me.

    Thanks, Kate, and thanks to everyone stopping by to comment! I love to hear what you think.

  5. I AM mad for dystopian! I love it! It really isn't that new of a concept--formerly it was just classified as science fiction or fantasy. So I don't think it's going away any time soon. Especially since books like The Hunger Games have been so successful!

  6. I am absolutely in LOVE with dystopian! Ever since reading The Hunger Games, I have been reading more and more of it, and I absolutely love it!
    Some awesome dystopian books are:
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    The Maze Runner by James Dashner
    Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
    The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    I know there's more, but I just can't remember them all!

  7. I think that when dysopian is done well, the outcome is phenominal, however, when an author sees the conflict, not the society itself at the center of their novel, the outcome is disasterous.
    Dysopian is the ultimate escape, I agree, the idea has to be origional and the setting multi-faceted, no stone must be left unturned, you must convince the reader of this world’s existence, because it doesn’t exist...yet...?
    I think the force is here to stay, but I worry that the plots will become watered down and authors will begin to just “go for” this novel, without the thought process, or the foundation a good dysopian needs.

  8. Dystopian novels have probably become my favorite genre in YA fiction! I LOVE it so much! Like Kate said, It's the ultimate escape. I love reading of altered worlds and what the future holds. It's can be so creative and wonderful! I'm all for more dystopian!!

  9. I personally love fantasy more than dystopian novels. But I do notice that my daughter who is 13 and her friends (we talk a lot about books when I take them to their swim club)are really more into dystopian. I think it's because it deals with different future worlds. So I think it's here to stay though may get a little over flooded for awhile.

  10. I love dystopian novels and I think it is here to stay. As a librarian, I sometimes wish they didn't always come in series - and although series are popular, sometimes kids do seek standalones.

    My recent faves include: Birthmarked, The Declaration, and Bones of Faerie.

  11. I love dystopian novels because the crises--and the bravery needed to survive and make a life-- echo the real world. And more dystopian fantasy is being written now, too. As a writer, I am very happy to see genre lines blurring, and readers stretching to try new kinds of books.

    ((and I am honored to be on Kate's list!))

  12. I really like dystopian too. I hope more authors take it up. I liked The Hunger Games, Birthmarked, The Forest of Hand and Teeth, and XVI. I think it definitely has more potential.