I was sifting through a pile of papers and came across an article published in Seattle Post dated 8 March 07 on the top trends in teen literature. The observations are definitely point on and they include the proliferation of racy chick lit, more cross-over title such as Tamar by Mal Peet, The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. Aside from this there is the cross-over of adult authors writing for teens such as Isabel Allende and the continual fascination with fantasy brought on by none other than the Harry Potter success. Books for teens are also longer than they used to be before also another pattern followed from the Harry Potter books. And of course the rise of graphic novels and their increasing presence in the teenager's world.
So what impact does this have on the reader? Well I think it spells a boon for the teen reader who now has a wider variety of materials to browse from and also an industry that has begun to take note of the teenager reader and placed considerable time and funds to cater to their growing needs. Given that the average teenager has a greater spending power, publishers are surely going out of their way to attract this section of the population which was previously forgotten. Good news for all teenagers I bet.