The New York Times has picked up this piece about a young adult (25) who has written a fanfiction text in Wattpad about one of the One Direction members. The news is not the content (erotica romance) but the fact that it has been picked up by a publisher (not new) as well as for movie rights (a little more risky), but the booming of the online amateur writers and the fact that their novels are equally successful in print (but still market through their online success, “Wattpad Sensation Imaginator1D”). Just that you know, this is not new and in 2012 a teen (16) went through a similar experience, also about One Direction. You can read about it here, in a less in depth piece.
The Teen’s Top Ten books for 2014 have been released, and although dystopia still dominates, you have already read and/or discussed number 1. Check the titles out here.
Your next class work is about reviews and reviewing. And it cannot come at a better time. If you are not aware, there is a lively, and sometimes too passionate, discussion online about negative reviews and the way writers react to them, everything provoked by this article from a writer in The Guardian. One of the collaborators at Teen Librarian Toolbox wrote a good reaction to this situation and the role that negative reviews play, especially for us as information professionals.
And finally, a good selection of YA that is coming. The reviews are primarily descriptive, a summary of content, and in some cases brief notes about appeal. Still, good to decide if you would like to read any of these books further.