Here’s an article (“Why YA?”) by Ronald S. Lim in the Manila Bulletin, featuring Kwentillion and the YA titles by Flipside Publishing.
If sales, movie adaptations, and growing fanbases are anything to go by, then one can definitely say that the genre of young adult (YA) literature has come into its own.
This popularity isn’t confined Stateside either. Aside from the variety of YA titles crowding the country’s bookstores, authors like Lauren Kate, Lauren Oliver, Alyson Noel, and Andy Mulligan have held successful signing events here in the country.
With such an obvious audience in the country for this particular genre, why aren’t there more YA works, written by Filipino creators, published in the country? This is the question two different groups are seeking to address.
Kwentillion, the country’s first and only magazine that caters specifically to young adult, science fiction, and fantasy penned by Filipino writers and artists, recently held the Young Adult Readers Carnival (YARC), which aims to become a tentpole event for the local YA community.
For its part, ebook publisher Flipside Publishing is releasing three new YA novels entitled “Woman in a Frame” by Raissa Falgui, “The Viewless Dark” by Eliza Victoria, and “Voices in the Theater” by Aileen Santos. All titles are available in Adobe DRM and ePUB formats on flipreads.com.