Archive for the ‘Novel’ Category

2014 YA Movies Coming Soon…

Monday, April 28th, 2014

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Some of the best YA movies are adaptations from novels. In the first half of 2014, Vampire Academy and Divergent were released in February and March. To my knowledge, there are only four YA movies left — the most popular is the box office hit, Hunger Games: Mockingjay. I can’t wait to see this one since […]

Tricks or Treats?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Would you like tricks as in writing tips and/or treats as in a YA hardcover giveaway contest? Pick one: Tricks or Treats?

Top 10 Favorite YA Heroines

Monday, September 16th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork This list only includes Young Adult (YA) heroines of books written within this decade (2010-2013) that I’ve enjoyed reading so far. I’m sure there are plenty of other books that ought to make this list. Feel free to offer any recommendations.  Here’s my top 10 favorite YA heroines list (in no […]

The Blurred Lines Between Science Fiction and Fantasy

Monday, August 12th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork What’s the difference between science fiction and fantasy? It’s hard to tell sometimes — the boundary lines between science fiction and fantasy can sometimes blur. A classic example of this is the novel A Wrinkle in Time, which combines scientific theories (such as quantum physics and wormholes) with elements of Christian fantasy along with […]

Story Archetypes

Monday, July 15th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork In stories, one of my favorite areas to explore is archetypes. So I’ve decided to reveal a few archetypes found in my YA trilogy. According to Britannica.com, an archetype means, “… original pattern…in literary criticism, [it’s] a primordial image, character, or pattern of circumstances that recurs throughout literature and thought consistently enough to be […]

YA Trends 2013

Monday, June 10th, 2013

By Dale Spencer, @DaleSpencerwork Do you know what’s popular in Young Adult (YA) fiction? There are lots of opinions on the subject. According to Sarah Fisher at Pepperdine Magazine, “Vampires are done…After vampires, werewolves, and supernaturally strong girls saving a postapocalyptic planet had dominated pop culture since the late 2000s, publishers considered them at the point of […]