It all started last December after I’d seen the movie Catching Fire (the second book in The Hunger Games trilogy), a story began to emerge in my mind. I didn’t even plan it. The main character just burst into being in my brain. I started writing down her story. It was pouring out of me at the rate of 3000 words per day. That lasted for a full month. When I reached 90,000, it just stopped.
At that point, I put the novel aside — its title, VR — and went back to the one I’d been writing before titled A Siren’s Lament. When I finished my siren novel, I suddenly felt a strong desire to return to VR. The draft of the manuscript was pretty rough, so the first thing I did was go through the raw material and bring it to a first draft stage.
Then I began to do research on the genre I was writing in, young adult dystopian novels. Since I had already read The Hunger Games trilogy, The Giver, and Lord of the Flies, I decided to move on to the next most popular trilogy amongst the young adult dystopian novels, which is currently the Divergent series.
I did a Google search of “young adult dystopian novels” and along with the novels listed above, I came up with these: Legend, Matched, Article 5.
Unfortunately I’m discovering that there are a lot of cliches in these novels. Do you find this to be true as well? Post a comment and let me know what your thoughts are on the genre of young adult dystopian novels.
I am planning to take a workshop at Lighthouse on this subject, Writing Speculative Fiction for Young Adults and Adults. Check it out!