Welcome to May: The Crossover Month

We have arbitrarily designated the month of May as The Crossover Month.

 

Credit: Bill Watterson and Adam Brown
Credit: Bill Watterson and Adam Brown

Now that we have the dancing out of the way, let’s talk about what you can expect during this month!

First of all, “crossover” just in case you are not familiar with the term is used to describe the success of a thing outside it’s field though this “thing” is usually some kind of art. Can you see macaroni as crossover? I can’t. Anyway, I’m getting distracted. For example, why are YA novels so popular among adults? Why is Twilight popular with people twice the age of the intended audience?

This month we will discuss reading children’s fiction as adults and the kinds of prejudiced reactions people face when they are found to be reading children’s fiction as adults. We will ponder the attractions of YA fiction for older people and then on the flip side, we will discuss some adult novels that crossover just as awesomely. That is, books intended for adults but read by children.

We will have lists, book reviews, general giggles and possibly, behind the scenes, brownies.

If you want something specific, I know Janet is doing something by Diana Wynne Jones, Stephie is flirting with the idea of Gaiman and The Ocean at the End of the Lane amongst other things, Yash is cooking up posts that contain reviews of books and graphic novels and I am going to be talking a lot about things and reviewing stuff by Melina Marchetta (yes!) and Kate Elliott (woohoo!) and other things I haven’t thought about yet. So it’s going to be a great month. Join us in our excitement about the crossover month! The Crossover Month!

Credit: Bill Watterson
Credit: Bill Watterson