2010ish YA Books Analysis

I chose to do my analysis on these kinds of books because, as embarrassing it is to admit, these are the last books in my memory that I have read start to finish. This was probably back in 2012 or 2013. Around this time there were lots of YA books that I had read and I feel that they all follow a similar pattern. I understand we could have chosen a story in any medium. Whether that be movies, lore, etc. But I thought that having read the books and seen the movies (if they exist), it would help me in remembering the plot fully.

I saw a video posted once by Fandango which was a mashup of scenes from these sorts of movies. It included movies such as Twilight, The Hunger Games, The Mazer Runner, and Divergent. It was apparent to me that they were all similar, but this video makes it even more clear. There are a number of commonalities and themes in these stories. It always starts with the protagonist being thrown into a new situation in which they are the worst performing member of whatever group is formed. As the plots progress, they become stronger, and end up showing up the guy that bullied them in the beginning. A team forms to take down a bigger team (usually some sort of government), and the smaller team succeeds. And they live happily ever after.

I’m not sure why all of the books marketed to young adults followed this same plot. Part of me thinks its because as children we all enjoyed the idea of rebellion. Instead of rebelling against oppressive governments, were we living vicariously through these characters because we wanted to rebel against our parents? The school? I don’t know, just a thought. I feel that this is similar to the digital realm because many platforms that use every day are curated to you specifically. Some sort of algorithm figures out what should be recommended to you, so are you really hearing all the stories out there to be heard?

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