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July 18th, 2023

Are Young Adult Novels Still Relevant in Today's Publishing World?

  1. Are Young Adult Novels Still Relevant in Today's Publishing World? Maccabee and Chelsea 33:56

In This Episode

Join hosts Maccabee Griffin and Miss C.R. Rice in this captivating podcast episode as they dive deep into the fascinating world of young adult novels. Unleashing their signature humor and wit, they embark on an enlightening discussion about the ever-changing landscape of this genre and the thought-provoking issues it tackles. No topic is off-limits, from the timeless question of when authors should stop writing about high school settings to the portrayal of bullying and the impact of societal changes. Prepare to be captivated as they explore the evolving viewpoints, sibling rivalries, 80s nostalgia, and the delicate balance between romance and the potential dangers of romanticizing bullying. As they reflect on their own experiences and examine the works of other authors, Maccabee and Miss C.R. Rice offer invaluable insights that challenge conventions and push the boundaries of young adult literature. Tune in for a thought-provoking and entertaining conversation that will leave you questioning your perceptions and craving more from this dynamic duo.


Young Adult Novels: When Should We Stop Writing Them? [00:02:10] – Discuss whether young adult authors should continue writing about high school settings or switch to college themes.

Five Key Elements of Writing [00:04:14] – Discussion on the important elements of writing, including plot and setting.

Changing Viewpoints in Young Adult Books [00:09:50] – Exploration of how young adult books are evolving to present certain viewpoints and the impact of these changes on the genre.

Sibling Rivalry and Discipline [00:13:01] – Discuss sibling rivalry and discipline differences between past and present generations.

School Life in the 80s [00:17:11] – Comparison of school life in the 80s to the portrayal of high school in books and media.

Different Viewpoints in Young Adult Literature [00:18:28] – Exploration of how societal views on teenage life have changed over time, with a focus on the perspectives of female authors.

Teasing and Nicknames [00:26:20] – Discussion about teasing and nicknames, including personal experiences and examples from the military.

Romanticizing Bullying in Books [00:29:49] – Exploration of the potential issue of romanticizing bullying in books and the impact it may have on readers.

High School Setting in Young Adult Novels [00:31:18] – A conversation about the relatability of high school settings in young adult novels and the need for authors to adapt to the changing times.

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Maccabee is a husband of 19 yrs, father of two boys, Army vet, voice actor, writer, and podcast co-host of Beyond the Pen. Growing up in the theater and working as a voice actor, script analysis has been a critical skill he's been perfecting over the years. This skill has allowed him to look past what the author wants you to see and discover the truth between the words and the printed paper. Every story is unique, and so are the authors.

Marccella, a self-proclaimed bookworm, is an advocate for authors and their unique voices. Since learning to read at aged 6, Marccella could be found in the library with her nose in a good book. As an avid reader, Marccella recognized that there was untapped potential in the author community and was decidedly committed to creating valuable spaces to have conversations with writers of all genres. As a result, Marccella united with Maccabee (her brother from another mother) to further her vision of expanding the reach of authors and their audience.

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