Friday, March 15, 2013

Cassandra Clare has teen fiction down like 'Clockwork'

USA Today has put up an article about Cassandra Clare! Writer of TMI and TID books. 

With more than 22 millioncopies in print worldwide of her two fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices,author Cassandra Clare might be considered an expert on fiction that appeals to teens.
Clare, 39, whose final book in the Devices trilogy,Clockwork Princess, will be released Tuesday, says "there's no magic formula."
But what she's doing — imagining a secret society of young demon hunters, known as Shadowhunters, in a world of vampires, werewolves and warlocks — is working like magic both in bookstores and Hollywood.
The film adaptation of the first book in Clare's first series, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, will hit theaters Aug. 23.

Clare cites several factors that explain why fantasy fiction aimed at teens has become so popular on page and screen:
- In a technological age "filled with computers and gadgets, readers yearn for some magic."
- As a genre, young-adult fiction is "genre-busting." Adult fiction, she says, tends to be labeled "either romance or sci-fi or historical fiction or literature. They're in different sections of bookstores. But YA novels, whether it's Twilight or The Hunger Games, combine all or most of those elements." Clare says her own series are a "combination of urban fantasy, adventure and romance."
- The generation of readers who grew up on Harry Potter, "the first big teen sensation, feel connected by what they read. They want to share their experiences, usually online …. I think you find a big overlap between kids who are into fantasy and sci-fi and kids who build their own online communities."
Clare isn't revealing much about Clockwork Princess but promises to resolve the series' love triangle involving heroine Tessa Gray, who's engaged to one boy but drawn to another, in "a way that no one has predicted yet."
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