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The Stereotypical Dystopian YA Novel

You're still reading paranormal teen romance novels? Those are so 5 years ago. The strongest market is in dystopian young adult fiction. That's what the cool grown ups are reading these days.

Why is it so popular? For your typical teenager, real life is a dystopia. And, ideally, he can heroically escape it and possibly liberate his friends.

The twitter account Dystopian YA Novel pokes fun and this genre and its sometimes worn-out tropes. Here are some of the best tweets from it.

-via Dorkly


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Honestly, I believe this has always been a fantasy of young people. Back when I thought I'd grow up to be a novelist, I wrote a long story about a group of teens, led by a girl protagonist (me) saving the world from the incompetent government (based on Nixon) that buckled when we were invaded by the Soviet Union. I knew at the time it was silly, unbelievable, and would never be considered for publishing.

Then I saw Red Dawn and War Games in the '80s, and thought, "They really went and did it."
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