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Monday, May 7, 2007

RITA YA Award Changes

The RWA has proposed some changes to its YA Romance award category. Instead of requiring romance to be "the main focus of the novel," the proposed change would require romance to be "an important element." It has also proposed increasing the minimum number of words for eligible novels from 25,000 to 40,000. I thought this was interesting: "The Young Adult novel is our best way to guide young readers toward adult romance."

So here are two questions for you: (1) Do you think there are certain YA books that would "guide" teens towards adult romances? (2) What books that you've read would be worthy of a YA Romance of the Year award?


Children's Librarian Extraordinaire said...

Wow, is there anyone out there actually trying to lead people to romance? I thought that the general opinion was that romance was "trash" lit! Besides, it's one of the most popular genres....people will find it without encouragement.

Holly said...

Yeah, I didn't realize that we were trying to guide teens towards adult romance! So, would Twilight count as a romance? Because it also has a lot of suspense and fantasy. Hmmm...