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Cassandra Clare talks about the lure of Young Adult Fantasy in new essay

The Wall Street Journal has published an essay written by bestselling author Cassandra Clare in which she talks about the lure of Young Adult Fantasy to teens and adults, titled “The Secret Worlds Teens Hide From Adults.”

She talks about the magic of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia among others, including her own work The Mortal Instruments.

I have to say that this is a fantastic written essay by Cassie. Sums it up in a nutshell.

Check out a blurb below:

Between Platform 10 and Platform 9 in King’s Cross train station is Platform 9 ¾, which can be reached only by magic.

Somewhere near the town of Forks, Washington, the woods are full of vampires and werewolves.

Opening the door of an ordinary wardrobe takes you to a world where it is always winter and never Christmas.

Being a teenager is being caught between two worlds, occupying a liminal space where you’re not quite a child and not quite an adult. The concept of adolescence is a modern one — in earlier times, teenagers would be marrying, fighting and dying like adults, and today’s teens yearn for that adult power (making your own decisions!), while at the same time being afraid of it (enormous responsibilities come with adulthood). These days, adolescence is considered training wheels for adulthood, a time through which you must be guided and protected from too much autonomy.

Read the full essay at

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