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Literary Criticism

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Young adult contemporary realistic fiction attempts to portray real life, and readers of these novels should be able to relate to the characters therein. While many YA novels deal with controversial topics in an attempt to be realistic, one aspect of life still largely considered a literary “taboo” is religion.

Through examining studies done and looking at a sample of novels in the YA contemporary realistic fiction genre I found that most of these books either mention nothing about the religious beliefs and backgrounds of their characters or religion is portrayed negatively. Since this genre attempts to portray real-life teenagers, I researched recent studies surveying American teenagers’ relationship with religion. The results of these studies show that most teenagers identify with and willingly participate in religious groups and practices. My research explores reasons why this disparity between real life and realistic YA fiction exists and how it affects teenage readers.

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4186 JFSB

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19-3-2015 11:30 AM

End Date

19-3-2015 1:00 PM

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Religion in Young Adult Contemporary Realistic Fiction

4186 JFSB

Young adult contemporary realistic fiction attempts to portray real life, and readers of these novels should be able to relate to the characters therein. While many YA novels deal with controversial topics in an attempt to be realistic, one aspect of life still largely considered a literary “taboo” is religion.

Through examining studies done and looking at a sample of novels in the YA contemporary realistic fiction genre I found that most of these books either mention nothing about the religious beliefs and backgrounds of their characters or religion is portrayed negatively. Since this genre attempts to portray real-life teenagers, I researched recent studies surveying American teenagers’ relationship with religion. The results of these studies show that most teenagers identify with and willingly participate in religious groups and practices. My research explores reasons why this disparity between real life and realistic YA fiction exists and how it affects teenage readers.