Forever Young: Essays on Young Adult Fictions

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This book explores 'young adult' fictions—stories about being young, staying young and sometimes never wanting to grow up. Looking at controversial novels by Francesca Lia Block, at sex and 'race' in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and at the online world of fans and censors, Chris Richards argues that attempts to classify and regulate what counts as 'young adult' have failed, and shows how youth—as intense, exciting and tormented—draws audiences unconstrained by age. Throughout the book, the narratives of life as ...

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Overview

This book explores 'young adult' fictions—stories about being young, staying young and sometimes never wanting to grow up. Looking at controversial novels by Francesca Lia Block, at sex and 'race' in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and at the online world of fans and censors, Chris Richards argues that attempts to classify and regulate what counts as 'young adult' have failed, and shows how youth—as intense, exciting and tormented—draws audiences unconstrained by age. Throughout the book, the narratives of life as lived by the young emerge as the stuff of the 'self'—made and remade in reading, watching and listening. Fascinating and accessible, Forever Young will be of particular interest to students and teachers concerned with contemporary popular culture in cultural, media, literature and education studies courses.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Fictions of Youth 1

Ch. 1 Young People Writing Online 11

Ch. 2 Online: Reading, Rating, and Rejecting Francesca Lia Block 27

Ch. 3 Writing for Young Adults: Melvin Burgess and Mark Haddon 51

Ch. 4 What Are We? Adolescence, Sex, and Intimacy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer 65

Ch. 5 Seeing Through the Skin: Whiteness in Two Novels by Francesca Lia Block 83

Ch. 6 Dead White People: Another Look at Buffy the Vampire Slayer 97

Ch. 7 Fictions of Identity: The Self in Narratives of Musical Identification 113

Bibliography 153

Index 171

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