Posted by: Katie B | March 13, 2012

The YA Mafia

Taking Flight

Taking Flight

I was reading through a stack of current, super popular YA titles, and I innocently mention to another writer in my critique group how interesting it is that everyone seems to know each other.  I could trace a link through all the authors by who they thanked in their acknowledgments section.  So she responds: of course they all know one another.  Haven’t you heard of the YA Mafia?  Well, if I’d paid more attention to my twitter account, I would have seen all the chatter about it and the resulting backlash.  But alas, no.  I hadn’t heard of the Mafia.

But it exists, in part.

I don’t know if I believe in the idea of a true YA writing ‘Mafia’, as in a group that could either support or kill your career.  But I do like the idea of a close writing community who’ve helped each other achieve success.  And whether these writers agree with or deny their status, they are all connected, as I casually stumbled across.

But the whole conversation begged the question:  Which authors made up this ‘so called’ Mafia?  Were these writers really that good?   With a little research, I came across the following authors.  I then pulled books out of the library for each.  If you’re interested in learning more about them, join me on another reading quest.  I’ll be slogging through this new reading list and will post my thoughts when I’m done!

The Mafioso Authors:  E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, Libba Bray, Lauren Myracle, Justine Laubelestier, Holly Black, Melissa Marr, Scott Westerfeld, John Green, Laurie Faria Stolarz, Gabrielle Zevin

Books I’m reading:

E. Lockhart – Dramarama and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau – Banks

Sarah Mlynowski – Brass & Broomsticks

Lauren Myracle – ttyl

Justine Larbalestier – Magic or Madness

John Green – Paper Towns

Laurie Faria Stolarz – Blue is for Nightmare and White is for Magic

Gabrielle Zevin- Elsewhere

Libba Bray, Holly Black, Scott Westerfeld, Melissa Marr – I’ve already read a lot of books from these authors.  Swoon.  They deserve the title.  Check out what I’ve read and my thoughts on the “Book Review” page.

And if you really don’t believe in the idea of the Mafia, check out the book Love is Hell written by Marr, Westerfeld, Larbalestier, Zevin and Stolarz.  Interesting that the book is a collection of all their stories…hmmmm.  And they dispute the truth of these ties that bind?

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