Popular literature that young adults are reading
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Popular literature that young
adults are reading
What is young adult literature?
Many people have preconceived notions about what kinds of
books make up young adult literature. Ideas such as pre-World
War I classics being taught in junior high schools and high
schools and a bookstore's showcasing of pre-teen series aimed
at girls pop into everyone's minds.
Yet, the true depth of young adult literature seems to be
overlooked to the point where individuals like Chris Crowe (the
author of “Young Adult Literature: What Is Young Adult
Literature?” in the September 1998 The English Journal ) try to
look into the complicated issues of these simplistic thoughts
coming to mind instead of anything really demonstrating the
mass variety of young adult literature.
What is young adult literature?
However, a direct and simple definition can be
found in the Nebraska Department of Education's
Reading-Writing Framework Glossary. It states
that young adult literature consists of books for
young adults (people between the ages of 13-18)
to read with a main character that is usually a
teenager, whether published specifically for them
or actually written for an adult audience but turns
into a popular young adult selection.
What is popular literature according to young
Popular literature is fiction that does not deal with
abstract problems; it takes moral principles as the
given, accepting certain generalized, common-sense
ideas and values as its base. (Common-sense
values and conventional values are not the same
thing; the first can be justified rationally, the second
Genre is any category of literature or other forms of
art or entertainment, e.g. music, whether written or
spoken, audible or visual, based on some set of
stylistic criteria. Genres are formed by conventions
that change over time as new genres are invented
and the use of old ones are discontinued. Often,
works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing
and recombining these conventions.
Genre in literature
A literary genre is a category of literary composition.
Genres may be determined by literary
technique, tone, content, or even (as in the case of
fiction) length. Genre should not be confused with
age category, by which literature may be classified
as either adult, young-adult, or children's. They also
must not be confused with format, such as graphic
novelor picture book. The distinctions between
genres and categories are flexible and loosely
defined, often with subgroups
Different Types of Genre
Effect on Young Adults
It influences on young adults attitudes, values,
Sometimes they are more likely to respond to
situations emotionally, and they are less likely to
consider consequences through rational
Most psychological researchers now accept the premise that literary
narratives have an effect on young adults everyday lives.
Contemporary research examines the types of psychological
processes that give rise to literary impact. The article describes
experiments in two broad areas.
First, it supports a position called the willing construction of
disbelief and relates that to readers' feelings of having been
transported to narrative worlds. The data suggest that readers must
expend strategic effort to reject the information they acquire from
Second, the article discusses the ways in which the unfolding of
causes and consequences in literary narratives affect readers'
judgments and understanding of characters and outcomes. These
experiments support the claim that readers may derive bodies of
evidence from their literary experiences that they apply to their own