When I walked into the first panel of the morning in Anaheim at ALA, I wasn’t quite awake and hadn’t had my coffee. I was a little nervous about how I was going to take notes, but luckily “Not Another Boring Vampire Romance: Going Beyond the Norm in YA Paranormal Literature” was the perfect way to start off the day.
The panel was made up of Jackson Pearce (Fathomless), Kenneth Oppel (This Dark Endeavor), Cindy Pon (Fury of the Phoenix) and Kendare Blake (Girl of Nightmares) and they were on their game for it being such an early hour. Topics ranged from “why paranormal?” to having the authors classify their own books (Oppel: “I’m just trying to write a book.”) and the issue of families in young adult literature (Pearce: “Hard to adventure when your mom’s there.”). The broad range of topics was fascinating and very entertaining to watch.