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Fantasy, Imagination, and the Dreams of Youth

 With the introduction of the Harry Potter series, the field of young adult fantasy has grown from being popular to becoming a dominant category of 21st century literature, bringing millions of new readers to hundreds of new authors. While focusing on younger protagonists, these stories appeal to all ages, including mature readers reminded of their own age of wonder, and of the challenges everyone faces in adapting to the obligations and opportunities of an adult world where new rules and situations are not always understood. Using a milieu of magic and mystery allows writers to make stories where anything is possible, beyond the constraints of mainstream literature. Fantasy elements also allow allegorical exploration of issues of authority and responsibility, peer pressure, and other forms of economic and social conflict. Characters based on mythology or pure imagination can transcend conventional definitions and roles and explore questions of diversity and gender, racial, and cultural identities. In blurring the boundaries between children's and adult fiction, fantasy gives us many delightful worlds and creatures to deal with real emotional and social values. The genre celebrates fantasy fiction in fall of its forms: epic, dark, paranormal, urban, and other varieties. We invite members to share what they enjoy, what they have learned, what they have written themselves, and what they hope to see coming in the field of young adult fantasy fiction.

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