Posted by kacates on September 9, 2010
Right now, books published for the young adult market are hotter than ever. It's one of the few areas of publishing that's actually seen sales increasing in recent years, and more and more books aimed at teens from a vast variety of genres are published each year. Compared to what was published for teens back when I actually was one (lots of Sweet Valley High and other endless paperback series is all I can remember), you guys have got it good.
And Hollywood has started to sit up and take notice. Just in the past few months I've posted on this blog several times about YA books that are coming out as films – the most recent here and here. The Twilight movies are international bestsellers, Pretty Little Liars and the Vampire Diaries are huge hits on TV, and a movie based on current phenomenon The Hunger Games is in the works. Now everyone wants a piece of the next YA bestseller. If you're curious to see what other books have been optioned for film and television, I've just found a great blog called YA Takeover that keeps tabs on the latest news out of Hollywood as it relates to YA books. Right now, all kinds of Twilight-esque supernatural romance is big, but there are so many coming to the big screen that there's something for everyone. Go check it out!