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YA Literature – Violence

How is violence represented in literature?

Violence in literature refers to the recurrent use of violence as a storytelling motif in classic and contemporary literature, both fiction and non-fiction. Depending on the nature of the narrative, violence can be represented either through graphic descriptions or psychological and emotional suffering.

Can YA books have the F word?

When it comes to writing for Young Adults, swearing is allowed, so long as the themes of your novel demand it and you’re writing for the more mature YA audience (that is, one likely to be making its own book selections).

What are the characteristics of YA literature?

Elements of Young Adult Literature include: a young adult protagonist, the point of view of a young adult, coming-of-age issues that are relevant to young adults, the story being marketed specifically to young adults, and the story being one that young adults willingly choose to read (Herz and Gallo, 1996).

Why do so many adults read YA?

Young adult books often remind older readers of their own teenage years, so there’s an instant familiarity: every “coming of age” story is relatable in some way, because we’ve all “come of age” ourselves at one time or another.

What are the 2 categories of violence in literature?

There are typically two types of violence in literature: the specific injury that authors cause characters to visit on one another or on themselves, and the narrative violence that causes characters harm in general.

What are themes about violence?


Nothing good ever comes of violence. Peace cannot be achieved through violence. Violence only begets more violence. Resistance does not have to involve violence.

Is Harry Potter book YA?

Is Harry Potter YA or Middle Grade? The Harry Potter book series is Middle Grade, not YA (Young Adult). This means it is generally written for children ages 8-12 and grade levels 3-7.

Can ya novel be 50000 words?

Young adult books range between 60,000 and 90,000 words. Unless you’re writing a young adult epic fantasy, which can go up to 150,000 words. Young adult is a category more than a genre, but it’s important to keep this in mind when writing a book in any genre.

Can I swear in my novel?

It’s no longer taboo to have swearing in most types of writing, though the frequency and the type (e.g. “hell” vs. an f-bomb) can vary greatly depending on the audience and the subject matter. When writers ask, “Can I include a swear word in my novel?” the answer, usually, is yes.

What can represent violence?

Rumours, swearing, verbal abuse, harassment, pranks, arguments, property damage, vandalism, sabotage, pushing, theft, physical assaults, psychological trauma, anger-related incidents, rape, arson and murder are all examples of workplace violence.

What can violence symbolize?

Human actions, including violence, are necessarily symbolic. Semiotics and many other fields have investigated this human characteristic. Violence points to the centrality of love, or the consequences of its lack. Provided adequate love, emotional vitality and cognitive meaning arise.

Can violence be symbolic?

Symbolic violence describes a type of non-physical violence manifested in the power differential between social groups. It is often unconsciously agreed upon by both parties and is manifested in an imposition of the norms of the group possessing greater social power on those of the subordinate group.