They suck, they bite, they eat, they kill [electronic resource] : the psychological meaning of supernatural monsters in young adult fiction / Joni Richards Bodart.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "Teen readers have always been fascinated by monsters, but lately it seems like every other young adult (YA) book is about vampires, zombies, or werewolves. These works are controversial, since they look at aspects of life and human nature that adults prefer to keep hidden from teenagers. But this is also why they are so important: They provide a literal example of how ignoring life's hazards won't make them go away and demonstrate that ignorance of danger puts one at greater risk. In They Suck, They Bite, They Eat, They Kill: The Psychological Meaning of Supernatural Monsters in Young Adult Fiction Joni Bodart examines six different monster--vampires, shapeshifters, zombies, unicorns, angels, and demons--in YA literature. Bodart first discusses the meaning of these monsters in cultures all over the world. Subsequent chapters explore their history and most important incarnations, comparing the same kind of creatures featured in different titles. This volume also contains interviews with authors who provide additional insight and information, and the bibliography includes a comprehensive list of titles featuring the various monsters. Analyzing the most important and well-written series and titles for teens, They Suck, They Bite, They Eat, They Kill will be useful for parents, teachers, and anyone else hoping to understand why teens want to read books in this genre and what some of the benefits of reading them might be."--Publisher's website.
    • Content Notes:
      Introduction: here be monsters-who and why -- Vampires:the aristocratic monster. 'The silver kiss' / Annette Curtic Klause -- The tantalize series / Cynthia Leitich Smith -- The blue bloods series / Melissa de la Cruz -- The drake chronicles / Alyxandra Harvey -- The chronicles of Vlad Tod / Heather Brewer -- 'Jessica's guide to dating on the dark side' / Beth Fantaskey -- Shapeshifters: the transforming monster. 'Blood and chocolate / Annette Curtis Klause -- The wereling/changeling series / Steve Feasey -- The wolves of mercy falls trilogy / Maggie Stiefvater -- The nightshade series / Andrea Cremer -- The firelight series / Sophie Jordan -- Zombies: the reanimated, resurrected monster. The rot and ruin series / Jonathan Maberry -- 'The cellar' / A.J. Whitten -- The enemy series / Charlie Higson -- The generation dead series / Daniel Waters -- The revenants series / Amy Plum -- Angels, unicorns, demons,: the unexpectedly deadly monsters. Killer angels: the angel burn trilogy / L.A. Weatherly -- Killer unicorns: the rampant series / Diana Peterfreund -- Killer demons: the demon's lexicon trilogy / Sarah Rees Brennan -- Afterword: looking back, looking ahead.
    • Notes:
      Fund: 110001-474001-71404-40006 (REG-MAIN) 12-EbsDirEbks4M
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
      Description based on print version record.
    • ISBN:
      9780810882287 (electronic bk.)
      0810882280 (electronic bk.)
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Booklist Reviews 2012 March #1

Depending on your viewpoint, the recent explosion of paranormal entities in YA fiction has either been a bane or boon. Regardless, librarians ask the same question posited by Bodart in this book's introduction: "Why does a literary form that revels in rot and ruin appeal to teen readers?" And what are the cultural coals fueling this most recent fire? Bodart divides her investigation into four categories: vampires, shape-shifters, zombies, and "The Unexpectedly Deadly" monsters of angels, unicorns, and demons. Her opening remarks, reminiscent of Stephen King's Danse Macabre (1981), are enlightening, swift studies in each subgenre's history, growth, tropes, and major works. Chapters focusing on individual authors follow, from Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Blood series to Charlie Higson's The Enemy. Criticism is mostly absent. Rather, the chapters serve both as a tour through each invented universe and as a study of the author's relationship to the books, drawn mostly through existing interviews. The fact that few of these series are actually scary is often sidestepped, but this entry in the Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature series is nonetheless an ideal window through which librarians and readers can view the current landscape—and choose what to read next. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.