OVERVIEW: This novel is an example of "genre fiction" (as opposed to literary fiction) in addition to being YA. In your post to the discussion board this week, in 300 words, discuss how the conventions of this genre (sci-fi/fantasy/horror) work with or against the conventions we see in YA. How could reading a novel like Dread Nation connect young people to the kinds of texts typically taught in a high school classroom? How could it connect young readers (or any readers) to our actual world? Respond thoughtfully in 100-200 words to a colleague.
A FEW NOTES: Most of you know genre fiction because it is often everything that you read that is not for school. Harry Potter? That's genre fiction--it's fantasy, I think that dominate pleasure reading genre for YA is fantasy. That's not an expert opinion, it's my sense of what years and years of students read. Other genres? Mystery. Sci Fi. I would call Hunger Games a kind of science fiction story in that it takes place without wizards and magic but instead relies on an alternate universe and a lot of technology. We will be reading one next week. Horror--Stephen King, for instance. Also, on the more adult end, things like romance. I offer this to help you think about what I mean when I say "genre" fiction.
Consider what we've been talking about as the conventions of YA Lit:
Think about the intersection of these two ideas about genre as you post.