You already know the panelists for the 1st Kwentillion Young Adult Readers Carnival, this Saturday, July 21, so now it’s time to shed some light on that first event: the Young Adult Author Cage Match! *cue ominous music*
No, sadly, this doesn’t involve throwing J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and Stephenie Meyer into a steel octagon and watching them slug it out using only hardcover copies of their books (advantage to Rowling, obviously). What it is, is a chance for readers to sing the praises of their favorite authors, and in so doing, maybe introduce them to other readers as well. It’s also a chance that we’d like to give first to readers in high school or college – while the readership of young adult books encompasses all ages, we’d love to hear more from teen and near-teen readers. So here,s how it’ll go down:
Interested participants are encouraged to arrive at 1PM exactly – or better, a little earlier – in order to register. At the registration table, we’ll have sign-up sheets for the author candidates. Choose your favorite, the author you’re willing to go to bat for, and sign your name on the upper right.
Here are the authors you can “defend” during the Cage Match:
- TAMORA PIERCE
- LAUREN OLIVER
- EOIN COLFER
- LAUREN KATE
- RICK YANCEY
- MELISSA MARR
- PHILIP PULLMAN
- TERRY PRATCHETT
- RICK RIORDAN
- CASSANDRA CLARE
- PSEUDONYMOUS BOSCH
- BRANDON MULL
- PATRICK NESS
- SCOTT WESTERFELD
- URSULA K. LEGUIN
- ALYSON NOËL
- HOLLY BLACK
- LIBBA BRAY
- GARTH NIX
- C.S. LEWIS
- NEIL GAIMAN
- ISABEL ALLENDE
- JAMES PATTERSON
- SHERRILYN KENYON
- J.K. ROWLING
- STEPHENIE MEYER
- SUZANNE COLLINS
After we’ve given enough time for registration, we’ll select the four or five authors with the highest number of supporters, and those will serve as the “Teams” for the Cage Match. (If there are fewer than eight supporters in each team, we’ll give others an opportunity to shift allegiances from non-participating author candidates, in order to fill those slots).
The Cage Mage will occur in a series of rounds. Each round, the facilitator will name a contest category, and, after a one minute period to strategize, each Team’s representative will be given two minutes to explain why their author is the best in that category. At the end of each round, the judges will determine and award points to the winner, and the Team with the most points at the end of seven rounds will crown its author as the Best YA Author (of the Day). Winners get first pick of the Kwentillion proof pages we’re giving away.
Each Team’s Author will be evaluated on the basis of four major categories: Character; Plot; World; Life Influence. Being judged the winner in each of these categories gives the Team 2 points. Points can also be scored in three minor categories: Book Title; Opening Scene; Book Quote. Here’s a more detailed explanation of each category:
* Character: What do you love about the characters your Author has created? What about these characters inspires you, entertains you, speaks to you?
* Plot: What makes your Author’s stories such page turners? Is he/she a master of pacing, or of plot twists, or of well-deserved happy endings?
* World: What makes you want to step into the universes your Author has created? How does he/she make these settings come alive, become real, yet still be different from your world outside the book?
* Life Influence: How have your Author’s stories/characters/worlds inspired, entertained, or otherwise made a difference in your lives?
* Book Title: What do you love about the titles of your Author’s books? Which is your favorite title? Why that one?
* Opening Scene: Which is your favorite opening scene from your Author’s books? Why that one?
* Quotes: Choose a favorite quote from one of your Author’s books that best exemplifies why you love him/her. (You can read it out loud – no need to memorize it.) Explain why.