In Praise of YA Fiction, a Guest Post from Daccari Buchelli, author of Phoenix


There’s been quite a bit of debate recently about the merits of YA (Young Adult) fiction and I believe it is every bit as good as any other genre. So, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Daccari Buchelli to Linda’s Book Bag today to tell us all about the merits of YA Fiction. Daccari’s novel Phoenix, the first in the Peradon Fantasy series was published on 26th August 2016 and is available for purchase here.



Magic never ceased to bring Violetta joy, until the day it became her curse. Aged fifteen, the young Flame Mage and Princess finds herself drawn to the mysterious and charming Frost Emperor, Ryore.

Torn between her sudden feelings and inescapable duty to the throne, Violetta seeks to strike a balance. Will she surrender her will forever, or strive for freedom by doing the unthinkable?

Young Adult Fiction: A Genre In Its Own Right

A Guest Post by Daccari Buchelli

You may love it or hate it, but Young Adult Literature is much debated over in the modern day world of fiction.

Does this section of fiction deserve its own genre?


While differing from Classical Literature, Young Adult books do maintain similar themes, the main ones being growth, and the change of characters, be it emotionally or physically. They offer valuable insights into our day to day life experiences. They provide the youth of today with relevant life lessons, which are learnt by characters similar to them.

One of the greater challenges of writing within this genre is being able to build a strong emotional connection between the characters and the readers. You have to think about what universal problems your target audience, in this case young people, could identify with. Examples such as coming of age, defying authority figures, first loves, and transitional phases, are all things that could be related to at this point.

Despite such challenges, Young Adult fiction provides many benefits to the youth of today. It explores issues faced by young people with a unique and understanding perspective. In addition, in promotes a healthy understanding of different cultures, and how equality is needed between all people. Even through its characters, this genre encourages young people to read and to connect, helping to shape their young minds for the better.

To those who would criticise the Young Adult genre as inferior or unimportant, I must tell you that you are mistaken. By drawing more young people into fiction, Young Adult and its many sub-genres are growing to be the most popular books of modern times. Every genre has its right to exist, but Young Adult Literature is helping to sculpt our young people, creating brighter individuals. As authors, I believe it is our primary duty to inspire future generations and this genre is doing just that.

(Linda: And I couldn’t agree more Daccari!)

About Daccari Buchelli


Born in 1993, British Fantasy Novelist Daccari Buchelli focuses on the darker side of human nature, with just a sprinkling of old school magic. Raised in Eastern England, he currently composes novels aimed at young adults.

Realising his love of language as a young child, Daccari spent all hours of the day reading and writing. Having Aspergers Syndrome (though only being diagnosed in his early twenties), he often struggled to identify well with his peers and often felt lonely, until he picked up a book.

Fantasy Novels brought him into a sublime world of colour and creation, where he remains caught up to this day, as he works on the genre he most adores. When away from his trusty ball point pen, Daccari enjoys art and music, retro video games, as well as curling up with a good book and a nice cup of tea.

You can find out more about Daccari by visiting his website and following him on Twitter. You’ll also find him on Facebook.

11 thoughts on “In Praise of YA Fiction, a Guest Post from Daccari Buchelli, author of Phoenix

  1. I completely agree. I don’t write YA, but I often read the genre. As an English teacher like Linda, I find it rich and varied – and often a little braver in theme than the books we used to throw at teenagers before this remarkable market began to thrive. Modern, pacy, edgy – what’s not to like?

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