They Suck, They Bite, They Eat, They Kill: The Psychological Meaning of Supernatural Monsters in Young Adult Fiction

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Scarecrow Press, 2012 - 268 pagine
"Teen readers have always been fascinated by monsters, but lately it seems like every other young adult (YA) book is about vampires, zombies, or werewolves. These works are controversial, since they look at aspects of life and human nature that adults prefer to keep hidden from teenagers. But this is also why they are so important: They provide a literal example of how ignoring life's hazards won't make them go away and demonstrate that ignorance of danger puts one at greater risk. In They Suck, TheyBite, They Eat, They Kill: The Psychological Meaning of Supernatural Monsters in Young Adult Fiction Joni Bodart examines six different monster--vampires, shapeshifters, zombies, unicorns, angels, and demons--in YA literature. Bodart first discusses the meaning of these monsters in cultures all over the world. Subsequent chapters explore their history and most important incarnations, comparing the same kind of creatures featured in different titles. This volume also contains interviews with authors who provide additional insight and information, and the bibliography includes a comprehensive list of titles featuring the various monsters. Analyzing the most important and well-written series and titles for teens, They Suck, They Bite, They Eat, They Kill will be useful for parents, teachers, and anyone else hoping to understand why teens want to read books in this genre and what some of the benefits of reading them might be."--Publisher's website.
 

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Indice

THE ARISTOCRATIC MONSTER
1
Ch01 The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause
25
Ch02 The Tantalize Series by Cynthia Leitich Smith
33
Ch03 The Blue Bloods Series by Melissa de la Cruz
41
Ch04 The Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey
51
Ch05 The Chronicles of Vlad Tod by Heather Brewer
59
Ch06 Jessicas Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
69
THE TRANSFORMING MONSTER
75
Ch13 The Rot Ruin Series by Jonathan Maberry
149
Ch14 The Cellar by A J Whitten
163
Ch15 The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson
167
Ch16 The Generation Dead Series by Daniel Waters
177
Ch17 The Revenants Series by Amy Plum
187
THE UNEXPECTEDLY DEADLY MONSTERS
197
The Angel Burn Trilogy by L A Weatherly
211
The Rampant Series by Diana Peterfreund
221

Ch07 Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
89
Ch08 The WerelingChangeling Series by Steve Feasey
95
Ch09 The Raised by Wolves Series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
103
Ch10 The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater
113
Ch11 The Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer
123
Ch12 The Firelight Series by Sophie Jordan
133
THE REANIMATED RESURRECTED MONSTER
139
The Demons Lexicon Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan
231
Looking Back Looking Ahead
241
Booklists
243
Index
259
About the Author
267
Copyright

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Informazioni sull'autore (2012)

Joni Richards Bodart is assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. She is the author of The World's Best Thin Books: What to Read When Your Book Report is Due Tomorrow (Scarecrow, 2000), Radical Reads: 101 YA Novels on the Edge (Scarecrow, 2002), and Radical Reads 2: Working with the Newest Edgy Titles for Teens (Scarecrow, 2010).

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