Look at me, making two blog post in the same month! LOL!
So I’m sure some of you have seen this image floating around the Twitter and Tumblr feeds the past year:
Well that’s Nicola Yoon with her family. Nicola Yoon is an avid supporter of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, a movement to get more exposure to writers and stories as well as encourage new writers to write books with diverse characters. This means leads and stories from the eyes of POCs, the LGBT community, different religious, you get the idea. Nicola has recently published a YA novel titled Everything, Everything. the story of a teen Blasian girl who’s so allergic to things she hasn’t left her house all her life. The story follows Madeline a.k.a Maddy, as she becomes interested in a next door neighbor. The book is getting some pretty good reviews.
What’s especially interesting here is that although the novel doesn’t get an official for sale release until September 1st, it's been optioned for a movie adaptation of the film. Right now YA novels are a big thing in Hollywood, with the success of Twilight, Maze Runner, and The Hunger Games. And movies like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns means there’s room for more than just the dystopic YA world. Now I’ll say these movies and books are hit or miss, but they make a lot of money and they get pretty amazing exposure to the authors and actors.