Cassandra Clare featured several titles in her presentation on love triangles and creating tension in YA literature, particularly romance. I don't even write romances and I thought her presentation was very informative and entertaining. All of these sound like I might hate myself after I read them, but you know, I can't resist. I need to give 'em a try.
The Ghost and the Goth
The Ghost and the Goth--An unpopular goth boy falls for a cheerleader who would normally be out of his league, but after she gets hit by a bus, thanks to goth boy's powers as a medium, he's the only boy at his high school who can date her.
Teach Me--A teacher and student romance. Oh my.
Forbidden--Romance between, um, a brother and sister. Yeah, I know. It's barf inducing, but after I heard about it and heard that it was oddly compelling, I have to get my hands on it. For what it's worth, you might be grossed-out now, but this topic has been explored before. When I took a course in Romantic literature (not romances, but romantic as in the Romantic movement) we studied Rene which also touches in this topic. Also, pardon my bad memory on this, but I believe the good doctor in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein also has the hots for a close relative. Wow, that was a lot more about incest in fiction than I set out to discuss in this post. Okay, moving on.
Boy Toy--Um, well, you know.
Chris Crutcher was amazing. I'd say more about his keynote address, but I wouldn't do it justice. He treated us to excerpts from his latest contribution to Young Adult literature, Deadline and his "ill-advised autobiography
The publishing community also seems to be extremely excited about John Green's latest book.
The Fault in Our Stars
I'm sure I'll think of something I forgot to mention here around 3 a.m. when I wake up with that nagging feeling that I forgot something really important.
Keep reading. Keep writing. Enjoy life. Peace, out.