The Hunger Games. Ready Player One. After the Fear. Divergent. “Young Adult Dystopian” is a search category on Amazon. Why is this genre so popular? The books seem to be critiquing consumerism, repressive governments, technology, and science out of control—but is there something more? Something else that is being critiqued that particularly appeals to young adults? Why is YA literature the home for the surge of dystopian fiction? How does writing for a YA audience enhance or restrict the genre? If the literature is written is for teens, does it have to have hope?
A panel to query the popularity of YA dystopia literature.
Please send 350-word abstracts to June Cummins by March 17: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a guaranteed panel sponsored by the ChLA.