Samantha Shannon wants YA fiction 'snobbery' to end

17/07/15

Samantha Shannon

"There's this sense that adults who read YA [young adult fiction] are reading down but I don't think that's true at all," says Samantha Shannon.

She's the author of The Bone Season, the successful first book in a seven-novel series.

"It's fine for all ages to read whatever they want and I think it's important to always encourage reading," says the 23-year-old.

"There shouldn't be this snobbery around it."

Currently working on her third novel, Shannon says her books are pitched to a large audience.

"My books are quite interesting in that they are crossover fiction," she explains.

There is still this sense that young authors are quite unusual
Samantha Shannon

"They are published as adult in the UK but they are published as young adult in quite a few of the foreign countries that they're translated in.

"I find that I have quite a big mix of fans."

Shannon is appearing on a couple of panels at this weekend's Young Adult Literature Convention (YALC) in London.

"I love going to any conventions where real fans of the books can all come together to talk about it," she says.

"As far as I know people do dress up and I think that's great.

"It's a great way to express someone's love for a book and character and it's another way to show creativity."

There's this sense that adults who read YA [young adult fiction] are reading down but I don't think that's true at all
Samantha Shannon

Shannon wrote her debut while still at university and much of the initial publicity surrounding The Bone Season centred on her being young.

"Even when I was published there were quite a few authors who were of a similar age to me," she says.

"I think there's kind of a sense that writing is for a slightly older age group and that's why young authors are still a subject of interest.

"There is still this sense that young authors are quite unusual."

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