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Young Adult novels deal with a variety of different topics from war and conflict to bullying and standing-out. There are so many books out there can hit the nail on the head when it comes to dealing with certain themes in YA. There can be a lot of controversy over certain topics appearing in books like when John Green's novel 'The Fault in Our Stars' caused the YA Sick-Lit Argument by the Daily Mail. It also heats up a lot of online discussion but, what I think, is these authors are so talented and are able to get our attention and then teach us about these topics - which can be hard to discuss in the real-world.
War and Conflict are two of the topics that are hard to talk about in so many ways. It's constantly in the news - but, where does it all begin and end? I love reading books which allow us to understand war and it's consequences, and also, show what could be our future. 'The Hunger Games' is my favourite novel and I think one of the reasons for this is the way it deals with conflict. There's the conflict that first starts the annual games - the Dark Days - and what happens in Mockingjay. I love how Suzanne Collins was able to go: "Look, this could be our future. We should stop fighting and think about our actions." You can look at how successful 'The Hunger Games' is and see how the message is really getting across.
Illness is another topic that is tip-toed around and through books, you can start to have the smallest idea of what it's like. We'll never be able to understand, and I hope I never will but, it makes us more aware. 'The Fault in Our Stars' is a popular novel that deals with this. If you didn't need tissues during the novel, or realise how well John Green dealt with illness...I truthfully don't know what to say. And it wasn't happy-ever-after which I think is definitely an important thing to point out. Life isn't a fairy-tale after all.
There also never seems to be an end to Bullying - or the length these bullies will go too. They want to break you down to a place where you'll never be able to get back up. I believe it's so important for young people to understand it's not just okay to bully someone and also, what to do if you are getting bullied. Books that deal with this really well are 'Finding Cherokee Brown' by Siobhan Curham and 'Geek Girl'(which is also all about being proud of who you are) by Holly Smale.
Which themes do you like to see in YA Novels? Do you think they're a good way to educate people about bullying etc?
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