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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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Fathoms Below: An In-Depth Examination of the Mermaid in Young Adult Literature, 2010–2015

Fathoms Below: An In-Depth Examination of the Mermaid in Young Adult Literature, 2010–2015

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(p.51) 4 Fathoms Below: An In-Depth Examination of the Mermaid in Young Adult Literature, 2010–2015
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Beyond the Blockbusters
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Amber Gray

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496827135.003.0004

In response to the rise of young adult paranormal romance in the mid-2000s, more than thirty young adult novels with mermaids as central characters (many of which belonged to multi-volume series) were published between 2010 and 2015.This chapter investigates the complex history of mermaids in fiction, examines the figure of the mermaid and the protagonist’s position between worlds in mermaid-themed young adult novels, and explores how mermaid characters illustrate the possibility of identity and the body as characteristics potentially capable of transformation.

Keywords:   Literature, Transformation Adolescence, Identity, Mermaids, Paranormal Romance

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