Books in the ‘young adult’ genre are very hot right now. Who hasn’t heard of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins? In this science-fiction series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world, the teenage heroine, selected by lottery, must compete for her life against the other young contestants–to the death. In addition to fighting for her life through the trilogy, she must overcome the obstacle of saving the lives of her romantic loves.
In the Twilight series, the vampire-themed fantasy-romance books by Stephanie Meyers, the teenage heroine falls in love with an adolescent looking 104 year-old ‘good’ vampire. Throughout the series, her life is imperiled by vicious vampires, and shape-shifting wolves. She battles depression as her life force ebbs and flows.
Both series are bestsellers that depict teenage life and the (fantasized or science fictionalized) specter of death. They speak the universal language of adolescence: longing for connection, choice of partner, fear of commitment, forbidden passion – a formula for success.
We have upped the ante in the young adult genre to enter the real world specter of death, Cancer. Continue Reading…