Humor in Young Adult Literature: A Time to Laugh
Celebrates the accomplishments of YA authors acclaimed for producing high-quality comedies, who have not yet been treated in a book-length bio-critical study. Simultaneously, it reminds readers that no matter how funny an author of fiction may be, if he shows off his wit in ways that fail to play a natural role in advancing his narrative, he is not writing good fiction. To demonstrate this, humorous passages are presented to illustrate the contribution a sense of humor can make to a work of fiction. The book is arranged topically to facilitate a comparison of distinctive treatments by various authors of adolescent life events, such as sibling rivalry, bullies, and first dates.
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Page iii - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be bom and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted...
Page i - In addition, many of the series writers delve deeper into the creative writing process by tracking down early drafts or unpublished manuscripts by their subject authors, consulting with their editors or other mentors, and examining influences from literature, film, or social movements. Many of the contributing authors of the series are among the leading scholars and critics of adolescent literature. Some are even young adult novelists themselves.