YA Indie Carnival: On the rise - YA Fantasy


YA fantasy certainly seems to be gaining popularity... fast, doesn't it? And who can we thank for this amazing phenomena? Perhaps Stephenie Meyer? JK Rowling (although HP is more children's fiction)? But there must have been YA fantasy before these gals came onto the scene?
To be completely honest, I never even heard of YA until I picked up my very first copy of Twilight! I know, I know, lame, lame... but all I ever used to read was chick lit. I still read that genre too, but in between the copious amounts of YA fantasy I devour whenever I can (which probably isn't often enough!).
I'm still very behind most of my indie writers pals... I haven't even read The Hunger Games yet, for instance and the movie is looming on the horizon. I need to get my ass into gear!
So why is YA fantasy so popular? Well, that's easy! Because it's freaking awesome, that's why! It's the perfect way to completely lose yourself from the real world. Vampires, werewolves, changelings, ghosts, aliens, alternate realities, shape shifters, time shifters, talking animals, beautiful angels. I mean, do we need anything more? I hope YA fantasy will continue to rise in popularity... because I for one, will never get enough of it!

Check out more on the rise of the popularity of YA fantasy over at my fellow Indie Carnies....

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series
2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self


  1. If it weren't for my niece (and her mom!) I would have never discovered Harry Potter--or Twilight for that matter! Nor would I have found my passion-writing YA. You're right. It's awesome!

  2. I think the screwier things get in the world today, the more all the adults, including me, want to escape from it. Vampires and werewolves I can deal with, fundamentalist nut jobs in office, not so much.

  3. I think it's popular because it fuses the angst of the teen years in non-banal settings. Let's face it...there are so many malls and schools one can stalk before readers say, "I've seen this before." It seems natural for writers to want to seek out aliens on distant worlds, to seek out magic, fairies, and you-name-it to tantalize the senses.

  4. I'm glad you were introduced to YA, Patti and that you agree with me!! I couldn't live without it, now lol!

    Rachel... I laughed out loud at your comment. You're so right, YA is the perfect way to get away from the real world.

    And Michael, absolutely. Malls and schools? B.O.R.I.N.G!!! Thanks for stopping by!


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