Friday, August 13, 2010

The Lack of Musicals in Young Adult Books

I am a big musical theater person. To this date, I’ve only actually bin in one play (Snow White in 4th grade, I played the dwarf Doc.) and it didn’t have singing, but let’s face it, I didn’t want to make the audience suffer.
I love watching Musicals though. And singing along (very badly, might I add).
So one day when I was listening to one of my musical soundtracks*, I thought to myself …
“Zoe, what happened to musicals in Young Adult books?”
Which got me thinking.
What HAS happened to musicals in YA books?

The only musical YA books I’ve read are-

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Castration Celebration

Even though both are amazing books, I think we need more musicals in YA!
Sure, there are books that have characters that enjoy playing guitar or are music fanatics, but none of them SING.

I would love to sit down and read a Young Adult book and suddenly the main character breaks into song while on the computer (or something of that nature).

If any of you know of any other YA Musical books, leave them in the comments!


*The soundtrack could have been either Wicked, Rent, Spring Awakening, or American Idiot. Possibly Glee.


Devyn said...

Try Dramarama! I really enjoyed that book. :)


Ty said...

Hey Zoe,

I've never told anybody this, but my wildest dream as an author is to have a novel I've written converted to a musical. I have no musical talent myself, but I love musical theater!


Alex (Tales of a Teenage Book Lover) said...

The DRAMA! series is being re-printed in december. It might have just what you are looking for... also the Glee novels.




Khy said...

TMI by Sarah Quigley is awesomeness. And there are more I just can't think of them now. o.o said...

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