Is Young Adult the True Future of SF and Fanatsy?

Misha Herwin

Edge lit 2PeterClear Gold Cover

Is young adult the true future of SF and Fantasy was one of the topics of discussion at Edge Lit yesterday and as a writer of YA, “Clear Gold”  this was a panel I had to attend.

Brilliantly chaired by Marcus Gipps, of Gollanz, the speakers were John Connolly, Sarah Pinborough and Samantha Shannon.

Like me, most of the speakers had grown up before the YA genre appeared and we read writers like John Wyndham, Daphne du Maurier and of course the Brontes. If we wanted something really racy there was Shirley Conran’s “Lace” with the infamous goldfish scene.

Now of course the publishing world has totally changed and there’s a plethora of books out there aimed at a somewhat vague age range. After all who is a young adult? A thirteen year old who might be reading Dickens, or an eighteen year old who last opened a book when they…

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