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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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Oversharing on and off the Internet: Crossing from Digital to Print (and Back) in Young Adult Works Authored by YouTube Stars

Oversharing on and off the Internet: Crossing from Digital to Print (and Back) in Young Adult Works Authored by YouTube Stars

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Beyond the Blockbusters
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Rachel L. Rickard Rebellino

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.003.0002

The mid-2010s saw a wave of nonfiction young adult literature published by authors who initially gained fame through YouTube. In addition to the authors’ shared background experiences, these memoirs have another feature in common. Each example of life writing puts forward a consistent narrative regarding the rationale for their existence: increased intimacy. This chapter offers an analysis of YA YouTube memoirs, first identifying the unique features of this subgenre of youth literature and, then, exploring the question of intimacy across print and digital formats. Despite these author’s claims, intimacy in print or digital narratives might be an impossibility; however, analysis of these memoirs, which function as examples of transmedia storytelling, offers a fruitful space to explore the question of what counts as young adult literature and how scholars of YA literature might study this genre as it expands beyond print texts.

Keywords:   Memoir, YouTube, Life writing, Intimacy, Transmedia storytelling

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