My fever-addled self also rewatched HEREDITARY today & it reminded me of a #MSWL I’ve mentioned before: horror that deals with grief (in both children’s & adult lit). Horror that’s intertwined with grief. Like HEREDITARY, THE BABADOOK, A MONSTER CALLS. Please & thank you. 🖤
Zabé/Z.R. Ellor @ZREllorMy two cents on YA sci-fi—it works best when the science fiction elements line up with actual teen struggles. Uglies and Divergent are two great examples. Body image? Cliques and belonging? These books use science fiction to speak directly to the unique needs of teens
I’m all for YA sci-fi, but totally agree 👇👇👇, so if you can show me how your YA SF aligns to teen struggles, then #MSWL, y’all.
Take a society whose economy, development, and peace are necessarily and realistically built on a foundation of cruelty and injustice.
Some characters fight to right these wrongs. The fall of the old world order visits immense suffering on other oppressed innocents.
Whenever I talk about wanting more adult fiction, I get DMs and emails asking for specifics, so... here’s an explanation and a starter pack.
I like genre-blending novels that are character driven, and far more about relationships than world building. #MSWL
Started watching Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet and... wow, I so would love an adult novel about working in game dev.
I remember adoring You by Austin Grossman, and would just love something a bit more contemporary. #MSWL
(2) Gilded Age/1865-1965 histfic a la AMERICAN DUCHESS, THAT CHURCHILL WOMAN, & Downton Abbey, with “dollar princesses” & other marriages ft. wealthy, influential American women in European nobility/royal/peerage society. (MC can be the heiress or close confidant.) A or YA.
I’ve been in such a Mood for two very different kinds of books:
(1) Southern fiction a la Kristy Woodson Harvey, with warmth, setting as character, female friendships and/or multigenerational families, and secrets/hardships that come to light. Can be A or YA!
Naomi Davis, literary agent @NaomisLitPix• Adult sci fi! I need, like, an EXTREMELY energetic space opera. I want a sensory explosion in space, an enemy so frightening I get nightmares, that I'll come to understand and hopefully empathize with, too. Show me how the characters misunderstood their whole universe.
Would really, really love to see this in my query box! #mswl
Dang! This nonfiction graphic novel sounds amazing! I love that it has a strong POV, a cool hook + an informative takeaway that’s super relevant. Would love to rep graphic NF books like this! #mswl (Also my usual potty mouth says dang now thanks to better-mannered @adriamgoetz)