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A lot can change in 10 years!: YA and 10 Year anniversaries

At 11 years old, I found my two books that would change my reading life forever. Those books were Twilight and Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging. This was 10 years ago. 

To put that in perspective that's almost half my life as I am now 21. 

I feel like the reason that I wanted to write this post is due to all the anniversaries surrounding books that have come out in the last year and to see how much has changed.

This year marks the anniversary of the Twilight film which is quite weird to think about because it doesn't feel like that at all. I still think of 11 years old me in that cinema watching the film but I now that a lot has changed in my life since then. It also marks the tenth anniversary of The Hunger Games book being published and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging (the film) and honestly, I don't know why this scares me as much as it does. But it does. 


I think all of this is significant because of how much has changed it that time and the trends that occur due to these releases. I also think that it's weird that Twilight and The Hunger Games were basically relevant in 2008 as the paranormal romance trend happened a good four years before the dystopian one.

In that ten years, paranormal romance was a thing. I think that I avoided this for the best part as Twilight was the only book series that I can get into. Then we had the dystopian trend which I kind of fell head over heels over. I basically read most of them that were released. Divergent. The 5th Wave. The Maze Runner. Even some obscure ones. Then I would say that we went hard in YA contemporary like The Fault In Our Stars and Fantasy with Sarah J. Maas and Cassandra Clare.

So where are we today?

Well, there is a focus on diversity. With people like Angie Thomas and Tomi Adeyemi focusing on black lead characters and a focus on diverse characters who are LGBTQIA+ and Mental Health, it seems like YA is moving in this direction.

I think that it's weird to think how much has changed in 10 years and all these anniversaries make me think about that.

In July, I went to a panel at YALC that spoke about the future about YA and I'm not sure that I know what will happen in the next 10 years but only time will tell. After all, a lot can change in 10 years!



Can you believe Twilight is 10 years old? What is your favourite YA trend? Tell me in the comments below!

See you soon, 

Amy

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