Take a class with me! I’m teaching new Teen Lit Boot Camp continuing education classes this fall for the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Starting November 1st (but there’s definitely still time to register!) I’m expanding my presentation from the YALSA Young Adult Literature Symposium (see a preview over here) to investigate the world of teen literature as it intersects with fan culture (fan fiction, fan art, etc.) It promises to be a lot of fun, plus highlighting an often misunderstood but very common way teens interact with their favorite books, authors, and imaginary worlds.
If you’re interested in signing up, please do so ASAP! The more students we have, the better the discussion, always!
You can find out more about, and register for, the classes here
The reading list for nonfiction in November is as follows:
Teen Lit Boot Camp: Fanworks and Teen Literature
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction and David Aja
In anticipation of the fact that we will also be reading and looking at a look at fan creations (including fanfiction, fanvids, fancomics, and fan art) based on pop culture sources, before the class begins I suggest your refresh your memory on the basic plots, characters, and style of the following popular inspirations:
- Harry Potter (books and films)
- Sherlock Holmes (short stories and books)
- Arthurian legends (as well as the modern BBC retelling, Merlin)
- The works of Jane Austen (books)
- Star Trek (Original series and the 2009 reboot)
- Inception (film)
- The Avengers (film)
Please don’t feel like you have to re-read or re-watch all of these titles, but I wanted to give potential students the heads up to check out the basics on any of these they may not have read or seen. A wikipedia plot summary may be all you need to refresh your memory!
The reading lists for this and all upcoming courses live online here
. You can also check out the past reading lists to get a sense of what we read for each course.
Do let me know if you have any questions!
Please note: The two pages featured above are from the amazing Faith Erin Hicks (the graphic novelist responsible for the awesome Friends with Boys and Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong) and you can read her full 5-page fancomic for Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games over here. Also, raise your hand if you wish Faith could do the entire adaptation. *waves hand around above my head*