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Young adult fiction is getting unoriginal and repetitive

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Started: 5/22/2014 Category: Arts
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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rachieandthewaves

Pro

The first argument is not for acceptance. Just jump straight in! :)

I love to read YA books, and young adult books such as the Hunger Games and the Fault in Our Stars aren't just for young adults anymore. Everybody is experiencing the thrills and emotions of young adult fiction. However, it is hard to find good young adult books anymore. Why? Because every author has decided that writing a young adult book exactly like The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars is the best way to attract readers and make money (and if you're lucky, get it made into a movie).

Books like The Hunger Games and The Fault in Our Stars were written for a purpose. They are not just about kids killing each other or a girl with cancer. The Hunger Games was a story about the evils of human nature, the endurance of human character and humanity's obsession with reality TV. The Fault in Our Stars is a heartfelt, funny yet tragic tale about how human life should be cherished and be lived to the fullest no matter how short it can be. I feel these messages have been lost now because the YA genre has been dominated with other dystopian books and "cancer books." Authors think that kids like these types of books and that's why they read them. But really, it's the story and the characters that people fall in love with.

I fear that young adult fiction is becoming all about profit and less about creativity, and this will lead to teenagers reading less books that are as genuine, exciting and well-written as the books above are.

I would love to hear some opinions about this! I'd like to see if people disagree and maybe get some examples :)
arobles

Con

The authors of books such as Hunger Games, Divergent and Fault in our stars are writers of young adult books. Authors are writing the books with the same concepts, because young adults like these books. They are very popular and yes, high on demand. Young adults love to read these books because, what would happen if you always write about the perfect life? What is there to relate to? Even just simply reading these books, your mind enters a completely different world, of creativity. Young adult books are not loosing creativity, just because the POPULAR books are all based on the same ideas they are very different in their own ways. I have enough experience with these books as the big reader I am, and when it comes to these books they are different in their own ways. Authors are not becoming less original, it is just that the books with this concept of young teens fighting against government and districts is what is popular right now. There is still writers who are creative and write original books, but teens don"t choose to read them. If teens wanted to read the books for the story and characters that they fall in love with, they would read romantic or comedy books. Instead they read these books because of the story sequence and exciting events and cliff hangers that make the reader want to keep on reading. If the Authors are writing for profit, it has no effect on if young adults stop reading or not. Because, Authors are constantly writing what ever teens enjoy, therefore whenever there are people reading there Is always a profit.
Debate Round No. 1
rachieandthewaves

Pro

Thank you for accepting :)

I am not saying that all dystopian novels are copies of The Hunger Games. There are wonderful stories such as the Giver that are funny, romantic, exciting yet thought-provoking that are not exact copies of The Hunger Games. However, my problem is that most YA sections of libraries and bookshops nowadays are crammed with dystopian stories about a poor teenage girl that challenges a ruthless system. It's the same with all popular YA books. Every second book I find on a bookshelf is a vampire romance. Most of these books are poorly written and this is because the author is mostly resting on the fact that most of today's teenagers enjoy dystopian novels.

However, this is not the case. Kids don't want to read a genre or an idea. They want to read a good book. No author will ever be able to predict what DO teenagers like to read, because their interests are always changing and there are so many different audiences out there. It is incorrect so say that teenagers only like these concepts. Instead of writing an exact copy of the Hunger Games, authors should be brave and write what they like and what they believe in. If they want to make it funny, they should make it funny. If they want to make it exciting, make it exciting. If they want violence and romance and twists and cliff hangers, than they should go for it! But taking a plot line of an already great book and rearranging it is not literary genius.
arobles

Con

libraries are not crammed with dystopian novels. Authors still write what they want to write, only the authors of dystopian books are popular right now.
That is why you only notice or it is easy to find, these books. The reason you are believing that books now in days are unoriginal is because you are only reading or hearing about the ones that all have the same concept, because its what is "in" now. However, there is a large stock on dystopian novels BUT there are still original Authors that write of different genres. For example, Wendy Mass who writes humor, comedy, realistic fiction, mystery etc. is all over the library but not on display because it is not the type of book that is "popular" right now.
As I said before, It appears that these books aren't being written or read because it is not on display or talked about by people.
I do agree that books like hunger games, the giver, divergent, matched, life as we new it (all of the same concept) are great books. But, I am also one of the few people who pick up books that are original and different.
Debate Round No. 2
rachieandthewaves

Pro

rachieandthewaves forfeited this round.
arobles

Con

This topic does not really contain an argument.
Its just two opinions.
well, ill try my best anyways.

Dystopian novels are the books that are being read in this time of year. You said that authors are getting unoriginal,
but its just you are noticing the authors that are all writing the same genres and concepts. But, original Authors still are
writing books, there just not noticed or made a big deal of. Young teens are not reading these dystopian books for the characters
and romantic parts because if they wanted to read that they would just get romantic or comedy books. Since there is such a large variety
of these popular books it seems that all others have stopped being written, but that is not the case. The case is yours and other
failure to notice these original books.
Debate Round No. 3
rachieandthewaves

Pro

rachieandthewaves forfeited this round.
arobles

Con

arobles forfeited this round.
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