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Beyond the BlockbustersThemes and Trends in Contemporary Young Adult Fiction$
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Rebekah Fitzsimmons and Casey Alane Wilson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496827135

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.001.0001

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Exploring the Genre Conventions of the YA Dystopian Trilogy as Twenty-First-Century Utopian Dreaming

Exploring the Genre Conventions of the YA Dystopian Trilogy as Twenty-First-Century Utopian Dreaming

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(p.3) 1 Exploring the Genre Conventions of the YA Dystopian Trilogy as Twenty-First-Century Utopian Dreaming
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Beyond the Blockbusters
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Rebekah Fitzsimmons

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.003.0001

This chapter examines the popular format of the YA dystopian trilogy and, by considering the trilogy as a unified text, outlines the plot patterns and other genre conventions apparent in this popular form. Through a distant comparative reading of multiple trilogies, this essay argues that their pedagogical nature utilizes the liminal position of teens in society to advocate for rebellion and institutional overthrow in the pursuit of a utopian hope for a better future.

Keywords:   young adult dystopian trilogies, utopia, genre conventions, dystopian pedagogy, teen rebellion

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