Hell Yes: The Director of Frozen Is Adapting A Wrinkle in Time

Great news if you've got a glasses-wearing, math-loving girl in your life: Jennifer Lee, the cowriter and director of Frozen, will be adapting beloved O.G. young-adult novel A Wrinkle in Time. You know, the one where pissy, mulish scientists' daughter Meg Murry goes skipping across space and time to find her missing… » 8/05/14 3:40pm 8/05/14 3:40pm

White Folks Star in 90% of 2011's Young Adult Book Covers

Last year—riffing on a hand-wringy Wall Street Journal article about the thematic "darkness" of YA books—blogger Kate Hart created a "YA Cover Color Wheel," sorting the top titles of 2010 by their literal colors. Then she dug into some more pointed analysis of "where YA covers are most definitely NOT dark:… » 5/21/12 3:10pm 5/21/12 3:10pm

Guys Read Judy Blume Too, and Not Just for the “Dirty Bits”

Young adult fiction has a rich and evolving history. But few writers have ever had the enduring success and cultural influence of Judy Blume. Having sold more than 80 million copies, many of her books remain in print (and widely read) 40 years or more after they were first published. Her influence on several… » 4/06/12 6:00pm 4/06/12 6:00pm

Sick Of Tired Chick Flick Clichés? So Is Diablo Cody.

In the last decade or so, women have been inundated with movies created "for" us — cloying romantic comedies in which the heroine is charming but clumsy/insecure/desperate; in which she can have a "cool" job but can never truly successful. And, as we learned in that Tad Friend piece about Anna Faris in The New Yorker » 12/16/11 11:40am 12/16/11 11:40am

The Simpsons Know The Secret For Writing The Perfect Tween Novel

Last night's Simpsons dove into the world of fiction writing in an episode titled "The Book Job." Lisa was disgusted with Homer's periodical of choice — JetSki Wanter magazine — which was written by a committee of writers. So Homer got the idea to gather Springfield's best and brightest and work on a YA novel! The… » 11/21/11 5:20pm 11/21/11 5:20pm

Charlize Theron's Eyes Are The True Stars In Young Adult

Jaded, drunk, bitter, disillusioned… Charlize Theron's Mavis — the main character in Young Adult — is a kind of a girl after our own hearts. In this trailer, the character comes off as scheming and unlikeable, but with that glimmer of desperation and depression that can be all-too familiar. As seen in this trailer,… » 10/07/11 1:40pm 10/07/11 1:40pm