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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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Paranormal Maturation: Uncanny Teenagers and Canny Killers

Paranormal Maturation: Uncanny Teenagers and Canny Killers

(p.33) 3 Paranormal Maturation: Uncanny Teenagers and Canny Killers
Beyond the Blockbusters

Rachel Dean-Ruzicka

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the trope of uncanny teens using extraordinary abilities to track and stop serial killers. Using the framework of Freud’s concept of the uncanny, it unpacks the ways these teens use supernatural skills to “do what the adults cannot: identify and track a serial killer,” leading to atypical forms of maturation. The essay establishes how these teens often operate outside the law and outside conventional understandings of relationships to themselves and other people, creating a more complex, uncanny version of coming-of-age for readers to grapple with in this sub-genre.

Keywords:   serial killers, supernatural teens, uncanny, maturation, subgenre

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