The Critical Stans Episode Two: “YA Is Lit”

Join The Daily Vox journalists SHAAZIA EBRAHIM and FATIMA MOOSA every week as they chat all things fun and serious around fan culture, fandoms and what it means to be a stan. They’ll be destroying tropes around the supposedly traditional hardcore male football fan and the manic pop culture fangirl; covering everything from football, Young Adult fiction to Beyoncé and Kpop. Living in the fanworld as women of colour who are avid consumers of all things fan-related means that it is impossible to ignore the politics of these things. And that’s what the Critical Stans are all about.

From Harry Potter to Twilight and The Hunger Games, everybody has heard of young adult fiction. Young adult fiction is a literary category that is becoming increasingly popular with more than half of its readership being over the age of 18. YA, as its known for short, is a category that centers young people and their experiences, thoughts and feelings at the heart of the narrative. But this doesn’t mean it’s only intended for teenagers – far from it. In the second episode of The Critical Stans, we YA, its importance and how YA books and authors deal with the question of representation.

You can check out the books and movie trailers that were discussed in the podcast below:

Movie trailers for film-adaptations:
Love Simon
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
The Sun is Also A Star

Shaazia and Fatima’s current reading list:
Simon vs The Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Anatomical Shape of A Heart by Jenn Bennett
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
Smoke in The Sun by Renee Ahdieh
I Write What I Like by Steve Biko
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
First & Then by Emma Mills
Black Skin White Masks by Frantz Fanon
The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
A Reaper At The Gates by Sabaa Tahir

If you missed our first episode on sexism and football, check it out below.

The Critical Stans Episode One: “World Cup Misogyny”

Produced by Sipho Hlongwane.