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Zombies, Vampires, and Katniss Everdeen, Oh My!

I had already thought about the whole ‘Hunger Games’ message, but the adding of the symbolism behind vampires and zombies and why they fascinate our contemporary society… wow. I love this article.

Steven Salvatore

Originally Published: October 28th, 2013; Updated June 24th, 2014

The end is nigh.

The apocalypse is upon us.

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The sparkly vampire, zombie, post-apocalyptic, dystopian craze is coming to an end. According to an article in Publisher’s Weekly by Sue Corbett, “New Trends in YA: The Agent’s Perspective,” agents are now looking beyond paranormal and sic-fi/fantasy; the latest “trend” is contemporary realistic fiction, stories grounded in reality, driven by unique voices and characters experiencing real issues.

Oh hey! That’s me!

It’s a very exciting time to be querying with a contemporary YA novel…or so this article would have me believe.

But I walk into bookstores, and the post-apocalyptic, fantastical stories are the most prominently featured in the teen sections (I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have a post-apocalytpic story started. You can read a short excerpt of the beginning here: “When There’s No More Time.”) In fact…

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