The March issue's focus on graphic novels has me thinking again about how we do/should/shouldn't define YA literature. Graphic novels, like comics before them, have done just fine outside the frame of traditional children's book publishing. Thrived, even. But now it seems like every children's publisher is adding graphic novels to its list, or creating a new imprint to handle them. I wonder if part of the success of graphic novels, though, is due to their not coming from the children's book establishment, not published for teens, or for children?
But maybe this will at least mean that publishers might start cutting back on their fiction lists, which have become completely out of control.