Diversity, Intersectionality, and Inclusivity: #YANeedsMore

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Yesterday the hashtag #YANeedsMore started trending, and we jumped in to watch the conversation unfold.

Not surprising was the number of calls for more intersectionality and diversity; we were pleasantly surprised by the rich insight, feedback, ideas, and personal experiences from hundreds of young adult, and proper adult, tweeters.

The YA genre and particularly its older readers have been criticized for a gamut of faults and short-comings. This trending tag was a cry for a more varied genre, and hopefully writers and publishers will follow to match their readers’ experiences, cultures, stories, and relationships.

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Ode to Adolescence and Maybe John Green: #VeryRealisticYA Gets Real

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If there’s one thing we love here at eNotes it’s literature. We also love wit, and the latest trending hashtag combined both.

Last week #VeryRealisticYA began trending and the results were nothing short of hilarious and harshly truthful. The YA (young-adult) fiction genre is alluring and entertaining for many audiences, but can be melodramatic and oftentimes unrealistic. The hashtag participators sought to bring light and realism to the genre. There’s nothing quite as postmodern as the ironic, honest words of the Twitterverse.

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Young Adult Classics “The Giver” and “Tiger Eyes” as Major Motion Pictures

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There is good news for young adults (and parents) who are tired of lifeless, often commercially-oriented films. Two classic novels for young people, Lois Lowry’s The Giver  is in production and Judy Blume’s Tiger Eyes was released in 2012.

Winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal, Lowry’s The Giver is often required reading in junior high and it is one novel that most students enthusiastically embrace.  Set in the future, Lowry’s riveting tale revolves around Jonas and his “community.”  When Jonas is selected to be the new “Receiver of Memories,” he discovers that the idealized life his community has created is horrific. Little by little, Jonas becomes increasingly aware that everyone he knows and loves, and everything he has been taught in his engineered, perfect world is evil.

For the film version, (the making of which has been rumored for some fifteen years) actor Jeff Bridges will play the lead. Auditions are still underway to fulfill the role of Jonas. You can listen to an interview with Lowry and the upcoming film based on her novel on NPR’s Studio 360 here.

(Have you been assigned The Giver in school or do you want to learn more? Here at eNotes, not only do we have a comprehensive study guide for the work, but also individual quizzes for each chapter of the novel!  Test your knowledge before your exam or just for fun!)

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Another  teen favorite which made its debut on the big screen recently is Judy Blume’s classic novel Tiger Eyes. Tiger Eyes is about  teenager Davey Wexler dealing with her father’s sudden and shocking death. Like all of Blume’s work, (which has won over ninety awards) the author treats real world concerns of teenagers with deftness but also includes her trademark humor which keeps even the most sensitive of topics from becoming overbearing.  Tiger Eyes was released in April 2012. You can listen to an interview with Blume on NPR’s Think with Krys Boyd here.

Want to learn more about Tiger Eyes? Check out our study guide and stay tuned for upcoming chapter-by-chapter quizzes for the work!

Readers, what other Young Adult novels would you like to see given a cinematic treatment?