I wasn't sure as to how I should approach writing to a new audience, so I thought maybe I should give a quick intro and then get right down to business. I am a new writer here at YA Stands, and if any of you have read my blog before then you will know me as The Book Critic. Not because I go around criticising authors and making people never want to pick up a paper-back ever again, but because I try and seek out the best (and most appropriate) titles for young adults to read.
I'm a fifteen year old British girl, so probably the least experienced person on the team. However, I am a young adult, so I know what they want and using what little knowledge I have about the world around me I try to encourage them to read through my blog.
I like reading more than talking to people, and my love for 90's shows can only be described in the ever increasingly popular Fangirl language of, and I quote, 'asdfghjkl'. Although still in high school, I post on my blog everyday and now having looked at some Universities I am trying to juggle writing a novel around getting near perfect grades. So, I think I'm doing OK.
If any of you want to know more about what I do, click here.
Anyway, back to business!
I haven't written any books (yet!) but what I tend to find in most best-sellers for young adults is that there is an element of fantasy in them. I'm not talking about fairies and goblins, but a semi-created world in which the reader can't actually relate to but can empathise with. This is how you get the maximum emotion out of a reader; the thought that even though they don't live like that, they would not want to.
Here are some examples.
The Hunger Games is set on Earth, but at a time when the whole of North America is in devastation. So much so, that they have to hold a brutal game that kills children every year just so the Capitol of North America can have some 'entertainment'. This trilogy captured my heart because even though I don't live like this, the setting isn't that far away from home and it's not exactly like the concept is an impossibility.
Another series I have read recently is 'The Immortals' by Alyson Noel. Again, the overall setting of the book is on Earth, but the main character is an immortal and this opens up the chance for the author to create a supernatural world where our main girl Ever Bloom can escape to. Alyson Noel also pulls on the reader's heart-strings by creating an alternate world for the supernatural one, and is a place where the 'lost souls' of the immortals go. Even though they are essentially Immortal, they can still be killed if the right chakra is targeted, and then they enter the Shadowland where they spend eternity floating in the pitch-black. This is nothing like the world we live in, yet I was terrified for the characters whenever the Shadowland was mentioned.
I suppose since I can't talk to you about my new releases that don't exist or my experience in the editorial business that I don't have, I will just be talking to you every other Sunday about what I feel you writers could do to grab our attention in books, and maybe throw in a few of my everyday experiences to share with you.
So, greetings from England, and I hope you enjoyed a view from your audience's eyes.
The Book Critic x
P.S. You can find me on Twitter at @BookFangirling, and I would love to hear what you think of my writing. Drop me a Tweet sometime maybe?