Because people stopped giving me blog awards for some reason, I have decided to add my post to the Notebook Sisters’ thingamajig that they’re hosting over on their blog– their “Pass the Parcel” game.
(If you don’t know, that has become my new exclamation for whenever I can’t think of anything to type. There may be quite a few of them around this post.)
1. Name your top 5 favourite YA authors!
Some people believe that you can just have a favorite author, or a top five. Usually, my list of five favorite authors fluctuates depending on which books I’ve read last. Fortunately, this only asks for YA authors. Thus, in random order (because I can’t bear to choose):
- Cornelia Funke. (For some reason, many of the books I like most weren’t written in English. The stories, the prose– the Italian– I love it all. She got me started on dragons.)
- Eoin Colfer. (Imaginative, funny, and heartbreaking.)
- Brian Jacques. (Because he wrote the Flying Dutchman trilogy, I can include him. He is why I still write about immortals today.)
- Dan Wells. (Quickly climbing my lists. After Partials and I Am Not a Serial Killer– review soon– I became a fan.)
Rick Riordan. Or John Flanagan. (Because it’s too hard to choose between two funny, yet seeming one-hit-wonder authors.)Sorry, I meant to say Matt Myklusch.
2. What’s the last YA book you read and what did you think of it?
The Ruins of Alder, by Obert Skye. Book five in the Leven Thumps series. This could be considered a children’s book, but this is a perfect opportunity to review a book without writing a full post about it. Basically, the series is funny. No suspense, no real emotion, except hilarity. It isn’t the worse for it, but you can only learn one thing from it. Of course, not knowing this a year and a half ago, I basically modeled a whole novel (never finished) on it, and Rick Riordan’s twists on Greek mythology. For every one of my characters from that story, there is a parallel in that series.
3. What’s your favourite YA genre? (Dystopian, romance, sci-fi, contemporary, etc.)
Fantasy. Unquestionably. Dystopian, sci-fi, occasionally horror– it’s all fantasy.
4. Let’s talk characters! Pick a character you love and tell us why?
I’ll pick two, with the same sort of character type. Ben, from Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (Brian Jacques), and Death, from The Book Thief. They’re both immortal, but both wish they weren’t. The beauty of it is that sadness that pervades all their relationships with other people. Of course, Death isn’t really that social, but Ben goes around helping people and making friends he can’t keep, all to have them shattered in the end when he hears the angel’s bell and is forced to move on to another life. It’s the sadness of immortality, added to the inability to stop making friends, that really pulls you in.
5. Top YA villain?
I have no ideas. I wrote a letter to Sauron earlier this year, but he isn’t my favorite villain– he’s just an example of how to do the far-off evil correctly. No, I don’t really have many favorite villains. But Artemis Fowl, who becomes a good guy halfway into the series, is definitely a good choice, if he’s allowed.
6. Top YA couple?
No idea. I thought I would know.
I’ll go with my default for this post: Ben again. This time, the couple is from the third book in the trilogy, A Voyage of Slaves. He falls in love with a girl named Serafina, but since everyone around him is doomed, she’s doomed too. She dies. It’s awesome.
7. With dystopian on the decline, what do you think will be the next hot-trend in YA?
There are some things that fluctuate like a barometer during a hurricane, but there are others that always stay the same. The middle-grade mystery, for instance, will always be the same for the children’s section. Romance will never die, unfortunately, especially in YA– nor will high-school whatever-they-are books. Horror? No; young minds are easily afraid of what has the potential to scare them. Fantasy? No, too pervasive already. It’s going to be an offshoot of some sort, like dystopian was. Utopian? Ha! Too happy. Truly, I have no idea. The ways of trends are (Yay!) completely (Yay!) very mysterious. Yeah.
8. What’s the next YA book on your to-be-read pile?
Well, I’m currently reading The Rise of Nine, which is supposed to be YA. On my to-read pile, however, I have Finnikin of the Rock (by Melina Marchetta or something), as well as The Hunters (by John Flanagan). I’m not motivated to read either faster than I’m going to read The Familiars (by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson), which is more middle-grade fantasy.
9. What’s the fastest time you’ve ever finished reading a book in? (And what was the book?!)
I recently read a picture book in about two minutes. There was a mini-book that I read in less. But a real novel? About the fastest I’ve ever read a full-length novel was a day. I don’t usually time my reading, however. I read both of Dan Wells’s books in about a day, as well as some of Rick Riordan’s. Operation Redwood I read in about a day, but only because I had nothing else to do.
10. (And now for the burning question) Do you think books should be sorted according to colour or title? (This matters.)
Neither. By series, then by order they were written. If possible, situate hardbacks toward the wall of the bookshelf and paperbacks near the center, so their tops describe a neat upward parabola. Always give Brian Jacques a shelf all to himself, because the bookstores sure don’t anymore. If there isn’t any more room, put Suzanne Collins’s books on the floor– they weren’t worth buying anyway. (Sorry if you disagree.)
Again, the Notebook Sisters’ blog is here.