Crossover Fiction: Global and Historical Perspectives by Sandra L. Beckett

By Sandra L. Beckett

In Crossover Fiction, Sandra L. Beckett explores the worldwide pattern of crossover literature and explains the way it is reworking literary canons, innovations of readership, the prestige of authors, the publishing undefined, and bookselling practices. This learn can have major relevance throughout disciplines, as students in literary experiences, media and cultural reports, visible arts, schooling, psychology, and sociology study the more and more blurred borderlines among adults and teenagers in modern society, significantly in regards to their intake of pop culture.

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Although Lucy Maud Montgomery’s first novel, Anne of Green Gables, came to be considered a children’s book, it was not originally written or published as such. The L. C. Page Company in Boston issued the first 20 • Crossover Fiction edition, in 1908, in a format clearly intended for a general audience. The sophisticated cover illustration, which portrays a mature young woman in profile, would have little appeal for children. The novel was an immediate international success with a wide and diverse readership, as were the sequels.

The adult-toadolescent crossover may depend more on social and behavioural factors than on literary ones. ”11 While that may be true for more popular genres, like the Adult-to-Child Crossover Fiction • 23 horror novels of Stephen King, it is not generally the case for literary novels. ” After devouring The Lord of the Rings on a long weekend when he was twelve or thirteen, Haddon felt the inexplicable need to move on to adult books and read Albert Camus’s The Outsider. 12 Many crossover authors claim that their own writing is profoundly influenced by the books they read as children, books that, for the most part, were not written specifically for a young audience.

Publisher of the Harry Potter books, published The Little Friend, the long-awaited follow-up to Donna Tartt’s 1992 debut novel and literary sensation The Secret History. The Southern gothic novel is a combination of thriller and Bildungsroman about a very unusual twelve-year-old girl, who is obsessed by death and with solving her brother’s murder, which took place when she was just a baby. ”32 Despite reviews connecting it to the young adult novel, The Little Friend did not capture a large crossover market.

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