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The ever-evolving young adult genre, from teen love and vampires to dystopian drama

From vampires to superheroes to mediocre high schools, young adult TV shows have a huge impact on audiences. Shows like 

Riverdale have dedicated podcasts,Shadow Hunters has inspired tattoos,Degrassi spawned multiple spins - off since the original The Kids of Degrassi Street, first appeared in 1979 It has become a series.

According to the University of Toronto, the Young Adult (YA) genre is typically characterized by large-scale productions that emerged in the 2000s or late 90s, such as Percy Jackson & Olympian . has been used to refer to any franchise. Or Sabrina The Teenage Witch, the term is used as a selling point. 

"Broadly speaking, this is her category of marketing with implicit restrictions based on age," she said.

 "But I think there are a lot of people [who consume YA] who aren't necessarily teens, especially in the last 10, 15, 20 years. Break."

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Romeo Candido, creator of the CBC Gem show Topline, describes YA as a place where childhood meets adulthood and how people perceive it. Said to be viewed as an intersection of navigating to.

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Candido says there are good reasons for making the show for this particular age group.

"The story of when I was 10 years old when he was 17 years old still sticks in my mind," he said.

"As individuals, when we leave childhood and enter adulthood, we begin to form our opinions, we begin to form our identities, our worldviews, preferences, and what we want to curate in our lives." 51}

YA has come a long way 

Nunoda says YA content crystallized after World War II. Middle-class families began to have more disposable income, giving their children spending power and stimulating industry for them, she said. This has resulted in magazines like Seventeen in and comics like Archie.

Nunoda says that as television has evolved through multiple golden ages, we have seen more novel stories spanning multiple seasons.

For example, the Canadian series The Kids of Degrassi Street debuted in 1979 and eventually reached Beverly Hills  in the 90s.90210, Bell and Saved by Blossom

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CBC visits Toronto's east end garages and back alleys in 1985 to see how shows run To do.

Traditionally, YA her TV shows were specifically tied to family life, Nunoda said.

Young women became the primary consumers of early YA content, Nunoda said , often for their own safety. Staying at home Household responsibilities This gave rise to the 'bedroom culture' . A bedroom coined by sociologist Angela McCrobyto essentially mean that her teenage girl was experiencing the world through consumption media. 

Erin Nunoda's research includes her queer media, Asian American studies, and the history of sexuality . (Erin Nunoda)

But today, Nunoda, YA, from family-oriented school comedy to scandalous drama to edgy dystopia, They say they take different forms.

"[It] has spun out in different directions over the years," she said. Her YA shows, such as

The Summer I Turned Pretty, Sex Education, and Stranger Things, explore the arrival of adulthood while We are expanding into various genres. 

At the heart of all these stories, no matter how different the settings, are the relationships between the characters and their discovery of themselves. 

Making her YA work in 2022

For some showrunners, this era is a classic. David Turko, creator of the new series Fakes, describes YA as "a fun pressure cooker." 

"At that age, going to prom or being rejected by a crush as serious and life-or-death as being bitten by a zombie," he told her CBC News. rice field. "YA is a fun playground that meshes them all together."

Fakes, is brought to you by her Netflix and her CBC Gem and will be out this fall. The show follows her two best friends who accidentally create a massive fake-id empire.

Early inspiration for her YA work wasFakes, The Breakfast Club and Booksmart to Pretty Little Liars. You can see it everywhere. Canadian actor Jennifer Tong cast  Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf as Becca in theFake145} I call it the 'dream role'. 

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Upcoming CBC Gem and Netflix The stars of Fakes, a co-creation of .

Ton's character is a popular spoiled girl who likes her quiet best friend Zoe, played by Canadian actor Emilia Baranac. 

Both actors have said they feel close to the show in different ways. Tong said he was thrilled that Vancouver viewers would recognize his hometown in the background, while Baranac felt an "instant connection" to his character. Told. 

Then comes the show's wild his card, Tryst. Played by YA veteran Richard Harmon. Richard Harmon spent eight years on his dystopian CW show The 100.

A man stands in the middle of a party, with a red glowing light behind him.
On the upcoming show Fakes, Richard Harmon will play his Tryst. Harmon plays a "wild card" character. (David Astorga/CBC/Netflix)

"Some of us are still growing up. Some of us are already adults. But some Everyone was in his teens at that point," Turco said.

Candido said she believed people would relate to her YA story. Because YA stories are about outsiders and often find their place in this world. As a young Filipino-Canadian, Candido said, "I would grab anything that I felt was similar to [his] cultural experience or even remotely similar to what [his] looks like." ' said. 

Where is YA going?

YA There are conflicting predictions about her television future. 

Turco said he did not expect its popularity to go anywhere. He said that even though the world has changed, high school will always remain an important place that affects people's lives.

"What I see is that some barriers have been removed in terms of who is watching it. It may not be limited to just her teenage years." Hmm.Older viewers may also be seen tuning into something. Either because it has a high production value or because it has a large reach.

Six teen actors stand on a black carpet against a backdrop that says 'Stranger Things 3'.
From left: Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Millie Bobby Brown, Sadie Sink, Finn Wolfhard, Noah Schnapp will participate in the 'Stranger Things' season 3 world premiere. This show is an example of his YA genre that is popular with all ages. (Rachel Murray/Getty Images/Netflix)

As an actor, Harmon said he believes YA is always changing. "There's always a show to create. There's more to do [.] Why don't you create stories for young and intelligent people?"

, YA adds that shows can also vary in terms of length and medium.

 "I hope it doesn't become pointless for the younger generation who have access to everything," he said. "I hope YA will continue to be a way for young people to get past their emotions and provide a possible roadmap for navigating the world."