Plenty of great things happened in the world of young adult fiction during the year 2011. Here’s a brief look back at some of the highlights in the opinion of this Examiner.
While it has yet to go completely public, the innovative site opened to beta testers in August 2011, amid much hype and excitement. The hunt to find the Magical Quill became a near obsession amongst fans intent on getting the first look into Pottermore, which will serve as both an interactive supplement to the Harry Potter books and a place to buy ebook versions of J.K. Rowling’s famous novels. The ebooks have yet to be released, but fans still wait on tenterhooks for what promises to be a great undertaking that will revolutionize how readers relate to this beloved series.
YA at the movies
Several popular young adult books made it to the screen this year, some as part of already-established franchises, some as one-offs that were no less for their relative obscurity. The big-name players were Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1, both of which opened to record-breaking crowds. Other movies that had their roots in YA novels this past year included Red Riding Hood, I Am Number Four, Hugo, and Beastly, as previously reported by this Examiner. Look for this trend to continue next year, when what will hopefully be only the first installment of the Hunger Games trilogy comes to the silver screen in March, along with Breaking Dawn Part 2 in November.
Great books read (and a few still on the list)
For this Examiner in particular, there were plenty of great new releases in YA in the past year. A few of my favorites included Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance (which I reviewed recently); Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (who is a perennial favorite of mine and whom I highly recommend – read everything by her, especially her Gemma Doyle trilogy); Entwined, a debut novel for author Heather Dixon and a great retelling of the ’12 Dancing Princesses’ fairytale; and The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, a guilty pleasure of mine. There are several great books from 2011 that are still on my ‘to-read’ list, including Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races and no less than three books by Cassandra Clare (my, that woman was busy this year): Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and City of Fallen Angels.
That about wraps it up for the highlights of this year in the eyes of this Examiner. Denver YA enthusiasts can find these and many, many more great young adult novels at their nearest Tattered Cover location. What were your favorite moments of 2011 in the world of YA? Let us know in the comments below.