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Young Adult Prompts Gone Wild

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tl;dr: Young Adult Prompts Gone Wild is a funny and perspicacious look at the tropes in Young Adult literature.

Synopsis

Love. Friendship. Trauma. Identity. Vampire Sex.

Young Adult fiction covers all the complicated coming-of-age subjects that make growing up such a unique experience. But for every YA story told with subtlety and skill, there are a thousand dull, cliché-riddled turds out there, written by a bunch of out-of-touch cat moms and dog dads in their mid-forties.

Screw that. It’s time for the next gen of writers to craft characters, stories, and worlds that’ll flip the YA genre on its head. From temperamental teen Neanderthals to drug-inspired slam poems, Young Adult Prompts Gone Wild has exactly what aspiring authors need to rebel against today’s literary system and break free from convention. So, buckle up, because the Nu-YA revolution starts with you!

Featuring over 120 writing prompts and over 20 line art illustrations!

Introduction

Young Adult Prompts Gone Wild is a collection of all the things wrong with the current verbiage that passes as Young Adult literature. Each trope in this genre has a corresponding anti-trope, which shows the ridiculousness of the trope in the first place. The book is relatively short, but it is delightful.


What is Good

The book starts with the author suggesting a couple of different ways to use the book. One is a party game where the participants pick a page at random and come up with a situation based on the anti-trope in it. The other is to read it on its own, like a magazine without regard for structure. I can see both approaches working well since each of the prompts is so well-written and thought out. 


 I am not a big fan of the Young Adult genre after overdosing on it a few years back. I thought I had identified most of the tropes - a love triangle, the chosen one, the introvert hero and others. But when I read this book, I had an epiphany of sorts. I didn't realise that there were so many things that slipped past my attention in this genre. The author, Aaron Barry, has done his research quite well. He has identified not only the standard patterns, but he has also put down specific examples from the famous works.


What Could Be Better

I cannot think of anything that can be changed to make this book better. It hits all the right spots in terms of humour, length and pacing.


Concluding Thoughts

Young Adult Prompts Gone Wilds is thoroughly enjoyable, especially for people who have read plenty of Young Adult fiction. I had a blast reading it and will be reading more books from this author.

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Kartik reads a lot as his tastes are eclectic. He formally started reviewing books on his blog Digital Amrit in 2015, since he wanted fellow readers to partake in the joy of discovering and reading. He works with indie and best-selling authors as part of their alpha/beta/ARC teams.

Synopsis

Love. Friendship. Trauma. Identity. Vampire Sex.

Young Adult fiction covers all the complicated coming-of-age subjects that make growing up such a unique experience. But for every YA story told with subtlety and skill, there are a thousand dull, cliché-riddled turds out there, written by a bunch of out-of-touch cat moms and dog dads in their mid-forties.

Screw that. It’s time for the next gen of writers to craft characters, stories, and worlds that’ll flip the YA genre on its head. From temperamental teen Neanderthals to drug-inspired slam poems, Young Adult Prompts Gone Wild has exactly what aspiring authors need to rebel against today’s literary system and break free from convention. So, buckle up, because the Nu-YA revolution starts with you!

Featuring over 120 writing prompts and over 20 line art illustrations!

*The actual book's formatting is much better!*


Dear blooming wordsmith,


Whether it’s navigating young love, toppling despotic regimes, coping with addiction, or rebelling against mommy and daddy for no good reason, the Young Adult genre has a little something for everyone. Or it would, if YA authors weren’t total fucking hacks.

If you’re reading this book, you’re likely bored to death of encountering the same threadbare tropes, clichés, and characters over and over. You’re probably tired, too, of the pandering language and fake edginess. You might even hate the unnecessary political correctness and awkward social commentary. Lucky for you, though, you’re not the only one.

I give you: Young Adult Prompts Gone Wild, the salve for all that is wrong with today’s teenie tales, and your personal ticket to radical YA writing. Take a stroll with me as we craft the baddest bad boy character of all time, create the world’s first love dodecahedron, track down a nefarious vape thief, examine botched school shootings, and everything delicious and deplorable in between. It’s time to show the world what YA’s been missing.


Enjoy!


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The Fault in Our Stars. But this time, Hazel and Augustus have chlamydia.*


*Perhaps we ought to call this version The Fault in Our Junk. 


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You and ten of your friends made the mistake of boarding a Boeing 737 Max, and now you’ve crash-landed on a tropical island off the coast of buttfuck nowhere. Without your nicotine pods, your Snapchat, or your homemade lunches, you’re going to have to fend for yourselves.3 I know! You should try to kill one another.*


*If you’re lucky, one of you might even become the proverbial Lord of the Flies.


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Unite these words in short story glory:


apple bong, book report, ecclesiastical, urethra, county fair, extraterrestrials.


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Vampires and werewolves are sexy, loveable, even. But they’ve also been done to fucking death. Your narrative follows a true modern monster: A MAGA-loving Christian televangelist.


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Make poor ol’ George Orwell spin in his grave. Create a story where the main character lives in a despotic, authoritarian dystopia. . . . . .and loves every second of it.*


*They’ve got 1984 problems, but their willingness to overlook horrific crimes against humanity ain’t one.


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Edward and Bella of Twilight are no longer star-crossed lovers. They’re six years into marriage and the parents of three fussy vampire newborns. And things aren’t going so well at home. . .*


*It’s like the realest Wattpad fan fic you’ve ever read.


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The cancer that killed a young adult shows up to the funeral. And things are uncomfortable.*


*Let’s not question the plausibility of a walking, talking manifestation of cancer cells attending a funeral, shall we? 


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One day, Shonie discovers that the lyrics to the songs she hears are playing out in her own life—regardless of their subject matter. Strange, embarrassing, and downright disgusting things now follow her everywhere she goes. . .


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About the author

Like every good writer, Aaron Barry enjoys getting smashed on other people’s liquor, gambling with money he doesn’t have, and forming doomed relationships. He hopes to one day leave Vancouver, Canada, to start his own free-love cult in the jungles of Bali. view profile

Published on December 01, 2020

5000 words

Contains explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Humor & Comedy

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