August 25, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Writing YA Fantasy 101

TTT is hosted by the wonderful blog: The Broke and The Bookish; where every week book bloggers come together to bring their teop ten on a given prompt.
This weeks TTT is:

Top Ten books on your syllabus if you taught X 101.

For this im going with Writing YA Fantasy 101.

Let's begin class!

10.) Harry Potter (I can't choose just one!)

Okay, this isnt exactly a "young adult" novel and is classed mostly as a children's book but this would be where we explore world building and seeing what we could extract and bring into our own understanding of this element.

9.) Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3)

I should put all three down because who just reads the 3rd book in a series? I want to teach you about a character who is deadly and a killer but not just consumed by one emotion like so many heriones are being written as in today's YA.

8.) Splintered (Splintered #1)

I am a sucker for them- particularly Alice in Wonderland. Exactly what Splintered is; only things are much darker than Carroll intended. I'd want you to turn in a 2,000 worded short story, going for a much darker twist on your own favourite tale.

7.) The Novice (Summoners #1)

The Novice by Taran Matharu was originally written on the writing social networking platform: Wattpad.
This I think we would have a play at. Writing a novel in a month through this and seeing the advantages and disadvantages with our own writing.

6.) Sabriel

I have never read a Garth Nix *hides* but I would really like to! I think it would be fun to read a book that the tutor has never read and share together. Being a bit spontaneous we'd make up a writing excersise.

 5.)The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walkng Trilogy #1)

"Dystopian" fiction I consider as a part of the "Fantasy" subgenre. As I continue to read Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking trilogy its slowly becoming one of my favourite YA dystopian novels. Ness has such a unique writing style which I think all potential writers should have the opportunity to develop- why not?

4.) Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1)

Wait! Is this an urban fantasy that isn't set in either North America OR Great Britian? 
Yes sure-ee!
Physical written proof you can set you fantasy anywhere. 

3.) Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms #1)

Multiple POV. Granted I have not read this one yet but doesn't mean it's not high on my TBR. But I hear this uses multiple POV- another good fantasy writing skill we all could study and inquire. Plus I just really would love to crack down and read it.

2.) His Dark Materials

All I have to say for this is no YA fantasy list is complete without a bit of PP. I believe this will soon follow as a mordern classic of our time and i'd be that mad tutor who would add a book just because they think everyone should read it.

1.) Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1)

I've seen a quote about Cassie stating she be "the new queen of YA Fantasy" so I had to put her in the list.
Sorry, what?
Am I sure that's the reason? 
Yes, of course! It has nothing to do with me being obsessed with everything Cassie writes, right? *nervous giggles*

So here is my list of books you would all need to read before this year classes begin.

What YA Fantasy books did I miss that you would want to study this year?

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