Sunday, 10 November 2013

Guest Post - My Favourite Genres in YA

Today I'm very happy to welcome Holly from A DayDreamers Thoughts who's written this great guest post on her favorourite Young Adult genres! 

Firstly, a very big thank you to Fionnuala for letting me do this post, her blog is amazing! 

When it comes to reading I think the reality is that I'm not very adventurous when it comes to reading different genres. Once you find a genre that is right for you sometimes you tend to stick to that and don't journey very far beyond those boundaries. One of the great things about YA fiction is that often a lot of genres are combined into one book but here are some of my favourites:

Controversy
One of the finest examples of this definitely has to be The Fault in Our Stars. Maybe this doesn't count as a genre but I think it should. Although all books have something different about them a lot of authors don't tend to write about subjects that people argue about or are very biased. One of the most controversial issues has to be cancer though, and books The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and also Before I Die by Jenny Downham are perfect examples of this. The truth in these books and the emotion in them is very accurate - (I know this because two years ago a friend of mine died of Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma) and more people should write about issues that people are too afraid to talk about.

 Coming Of Age
I love this genre because of the fun and excitement behind every single page. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the best example I can think of. I guess you could also count Harry Potter as a coming of age series as you slowly watch the characters grow, develop in personality and change and sure enough you begin to fall in love with them. 

Dystopian

I've only recently began to like this genre but now I've got into it, I love it! It is just amazing to see what people imagine life could be like in the future or what it may be like in another dimension parallel to this one. What you read in these novels can be slightly disturbing and terrifying but it is incredibly to read a masterpiece from somebody's imagination. I read the first book of The Hunger Games and I wasn't a huge fan of it, but I am 201 pages into Divergent and it's amazing. A lot of the books on my Christmas list are Dystopians.

Thank you so much once again Fionnuala for letting me do this post :)
Happy Reading! 

Holly x

Monday, 4 November 2013

UPDATE: NaNoWriMo

So, for those of you who follow me on twitter you know I had to take an impromptu two week break from blogging to sort everything out. And by everything I mean schoolwork and so on, but I'm back, again (sorry!). In that two week gap, we've passed Halloween, and now NaNoWriMo has started!


NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month (click on the badge above to be taken to their website). Its a venture to write 50,000 words, basically a novel, within the month of November! It does sound big and scary, but I think its an excellent way to get you kick-started on that novel you've been procrastinating, or just to have a bit of fun! I myself have taken on the challenge and so have other bloggers I know!

As their website puts it; 'National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel.'

We are now at day three, I believe, of NaNoWriMo, there's still time for last minute sign-up's if you're feeling up to it! 

Now, as I mentioned earlier, I am participating, so why not tell you a little about my book? Its a Young Adult fantasy, about a teenager called Emma Blackthorn who finds out she is a vital part to an unsaid movement (still pending creation) and since her birth was assigned what is called an 'Iron Guardian', but what happens when you're in love with him? Haha, don't give me that look! You know I can't resist throwing in a good love triangle for our female protagonist. So far I'm quite happy with the way the book is going, and its been planned as book one of a trilogy, fingers crossed I might be able to write decently and this isn't all waffle!! I'm planning to put it under a pen name though, but we'll see what happens.