Have you ever stopped to consider why it is that you like YA novels? Maybe you’re a teen yourself and the books in the young adult section speak to your real life experiences or give you an escape from them. Maybe you’re like me, an adult who thoroughly enjoys the experience of reading books aimed at a younger audience or who just wants the occasional break from the adult fiction to which you’ve grown accustomed. Earlier this week, I had to think long and hard about this and other questions related to the YA reading experience. Why? Well, as you may have heard on Twitter, I was interviewed by the CBC Book Club, along with two other bloggers, this past Monday in conjunction with their month long YA book club feature.
In the interview, I discuss not only what attracts me to teen novels in the first place, but also who are my fave YA characters (hint: me thinks that Nina LaCour and Gayle Forman will like this part) and who I think should win the CBC Book Club’s main feature for the month, the YA Death Match. If the feature was called anything else, then I think the winner would be pretty obvious – the main character of the most popular, crossover YA book and movie franchise – if you can’t guess who I mean from that than maybe the hint that tonight at midnight the second last movie installment will be released at movie theaters all over North America.
However, I think you can guess that this isn’t my fave character to win the contest on CBC. I can’t help it – when CBC said it was a death match, there was only one character, who I think has the intelligence, the survival skills, and the ability to push the envelope in ways that the competition could never imagine. She’s the only character who has actually fought and won a real, gritty, violent death match against actual human beings. If you agree with me that Katniss Everdeen ought to win this, then take the time to check out this other article where she’s in the third round of the tournament against the one and only Harry Potter and vote for her today. (Voting ends tomorrow, so hurry!) And once you’ve voted, take the time to check out my interview in case you haven’t already. Enjoy!
What do you think: How awesome was my interview? Does the underdog, Katniss Everdeen, really have the chance to beat out Harry Potter in the third round of the YA Death Match? Can she do it all and win the entire competition? Would love to know what you think!