Harry Potter Pressures His Peers: YA Literature in the Aftermath of a Phenomenon
Amber Vilate We all know that since Harry Potter came onto the scene, the YA book world has taken off in popularity. Sometimes it is difficult to really understand why, and even how, it has been possible, but from this phenomenon, the market for children’s literature has attracted more authors and many more readers, including adults. With all the attention the series received, Harry Potter began to, and still does, put the pressure on to keep creating memorable characters, stories, and themes for children young and old. But really, how has Harry Potter done it? What is the real effect? And just what do characters and stories look like today compared to pre-JK Rowling? There are so many avenues to explore and so many differing opinions on this “Harry Potter Effect” that it is nearly impossible to discuss all of them. Participants in this roundtable will have the opportunity to weigh in on how they feel Harry Potter has affected trends in the market, characters in books now, and much more. Even now, people gather still gather together to discuss Harry Potter, reveling in the effect the series has had on lives all around the world. Now is the perfect time to discuss the impact on Young Adult literature. The pressure is on and the standard has been set. Harry Potter rises above to connect readers to children’s books. Amber Vilate is the host of a podcast dealing with Young Adult Literature. She is also an aspiring writer and a big fan of the Harry Potter series. Infinitus 2010 will be the third HPEF event she'll attend. You can find her website at www.yaliteraturereview.com.