Friday, June 15, 2012

Supernatural Friday: Scary, Dark Young Adult Fiction

What kind of Young Adult horror/paranormal do you like to read? Or children’s or middle grad paranormal fiction? Is it something like Twilight (which by the way, I cannot get into), or darker, even end of the world stuff, with zombies or monstrous vampires, werewolves, or even worse monsters? As that is currently what I am working on, a YA paranormal (with romance-sorry, guys), where the apocalypse is coming, I figured a good topic for Supernatural Friday today. My monsters are demons and there are angels, too.

YA stuff I’ve grown up, included Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle. That had been dark—sorts—though also science fiction and fantasy in nature. If you never read it, I advise to do so as a summer read. There are three more in the aeries after it, too.  There are also a couple of books by Ray Bradbury that are YA—sorts—Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Halloween Tree, that anyone can enjoy, just as I did years ago. For years after those, it seemed that there weren’t too many par normal YA being read much, not until Harry Potter brought kids and yes, adults too, into the fold.

Young Adult is where you can become a kid again, with that innocence and wonder that is prevalent in Ray Bradbury’s stories. Only a young kid or a teenager can find the right magic to battle the monsters. There’s something about innocence and wonder that all of us need to see and feel again. As I work on my own novel, I summon my “inner youth,” so I can make the wonder believable.

Books I recommend to Read this Summer:

Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The Wolves of Mercy Falls serie by Maggie Steifvator

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

All of the Harry Potter books by JK Rowling

Eragon (Inheritance, Book 1)  by Christopher Paolini (okay, high fantasy, but I love dragons)

Tripods Trilogy by John Christopher (science fiction)

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Fallen by Lauren Kate

Any Rl. Stine book

There is so much more, but this is a starting point. Anyone wants to, leave a comment with me titles and the authors in them, as suggestions for others who read this post.


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