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Difference Between Reading to Kids and Using Devices?

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When you’re a child, the world around you represents a big mystery that demands thorough exploration.

Not a lot changes as we grow up, mainly because cars now run on batteries and cryptocurrencies are a thing!). For a child, learning new things is a particularly sensitive process.

Now, without a doubt, the essential skill that a child should master early on in its development is reading, as the ability to decipher how human language works in its written form will set the right stage for any further learning!

As a parent, you’ll want to introduce your kids to the world of literature as soon as possible, and the best way to do this is to simply- read to them!

Now, in this day and age, this poses a question: Should I flip open a book or turn on an e-reader?  Well, to answer that, we should point out that there is a slight difference between the two approaches. Here’s the deal:

 

Concentration

A study on the matter of e-reading says that we approach the material we read differently depending on how we read it. (That is, whether we read from a book or a screen.) The same goes for kids.

Overall, readers tend to forget more details about the story when using a device to read it. This is why a good ole book might be a better option for reading to your kids, as screens, in general, seem to be fairly disruptive and hamper your ability to get immersed in the plot.

 

Books vs. Technology

While pitching the two against each other isn’t advisable, as you don’t want to alienate your child from either, opting for an old-fashioned book made of papers over an e-reader can be a great way to improve your child’s attention span and listening skills!

Nowadays, we let our kids play games on the various devices we own, so if your child suspects that the device you’re reading off of may have some games on it, it may abandon the idea of listening to your narration and start rather liking the thought of beating its latest record.

No matter how eager to learn, kids are still kids, so differentiating between the reading time and game time will surely help them concentrate better!

 

Bonding

Last but not least, there’s the matter of bonding. While spending time reading with your child in and of itself counts as bonding, there are certain advantages that come with reading from a book.

Some materials prepared for kids in an e-format, while visually pleasing, can distract the child and make them pay more attention to what’s happening on the screen than the story itself.

Your voice as a parent is soothing to your child, and it will make you bond even more as you pass knowledge to them by telling curious and exciting stories!

 

Here at Progressive Rising Phoenix, we value reading and listening to the essential skills that every parent should teach their kids as early as possible. Be it through an e-reader or, even better, a book, the stories you tell to your child will stick with them forever, and introduce them to the world of literature and knowledge!

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Why Readers Love a Book Series?

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A well-written piece of fiction (or, indeed, non-fiction) has the power to capture a reader’s attention hook, line, and sinker.

Imagine, then, what a series of books, bursting with colorful characters and exciting cliffhangers can do to a poor unsuspecting bookworm!

Here are some the reasons why this may be the case:

 

Greater Connection to the Story

By all metrics, getting involved in a series of books is a pretty big deal for a reader.

Indeed, the experience of reading through a series of books and then eagerly expecting the next installation can be so immersive, that one’s entire universe becomes colored with the setting and atmosphere of the novel in question.

The destiny of the characters, by extension, is undoubtedly a matter of high importance. God forbid that a character should die- a bout of depression can become a pretty realistic prospect for a devout reader!

 

Strong Ongoing Theme

One of the most critical aspects of a series of books is the fact that there’s always a pretty straightforward central theme that is then explored in great detail. Here’s a couple of examples:

  • Lord of the Rings – The battle of good vs. evil. Exploration of friendship.
  • Harry Potter – The battle of good vs. evil. Coming of age story.
  • Noddy – Exploration of friendship.

Thanks to the sound foundation of the all-unifying theme, the story can contain lots of details and go into numerous digressions without losing its focus!

 

Developed Characters

Novels comprising of one or two parts can offer incredibly complex characters while a book series invites the reader on a journey.

It’s a marathon going through an unlit path on the course of which characters will grow, decline or even turn out to be gay by the end of the series! (Looking at you Dumbledore!) You never know what you’re going to get and that’s precisely the beauty of it.

 

Cliffhangers

Waiting for a series of particularly intricate events to unravel surely makes for some of the most bitter-sweet feelings you might procure from reading a book.

The suspense of anticipating a character’s demise or, indeed, their ultimate success in overcoming the hurdle set before them, is for most readers the very reason they pick up a book in the first place.

A series of books, in this respect, has a certain flair in amplifying this aspect of storytelling to its highest  possible level! Want to learn more about what happens to your favorite hero who’s standing on the brink of the precipice?

Well, tough luck! Wait for the next book in the series.

In the meantime, we’d like to invite you to visit our online premises! At Progressive Rising Phoenix, we support blooming authors by ensuring they can take full ownership of their work. To achieve this, we concentrate our efforts on promotion and creative marketing of original, high-quality content. We also offer partnerships for writers, so if you’re interested, feel free to contact us right away!

 

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New Adult Vs. Young Adult Fiction: What’s the Difference?

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Many of us are already quite familiar with young adult fiction or more commonly referred to as YA. Even people who don’t read YA could list YA titles off the top of their head because so many of them have been turned into movies. Some of the most popular YA books include the Divergent, Twilight, and the Hunger Games series. And then there are YA titles such as The Vampire Diaries and Pretty Little Liars that were turned into TV series.

According to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), YA books are those aimed at kids aged 12 to 18 years.

YA books are authentically teen, from the plot to the voice. The storylines are typically coming-of-age experiences that shape the main character. They’re often stories about pivotal moments in the protagonist’s life such as first love, first heartbreak, first sexual encounter, or first time to be alone on an adventure. They span different themes and worlds, covering romance, sexual discovery, and even paranormal activity. Some of the most successful YA novels have fantasy themes that involve mythical creatures like vampires, werewolves, mermaids, witches, and shapeshifters.

And while YA fiction is created for the 12-18 audience, many adults confess that YA novels are their guilty pleasure. With so many adults indulging in young adult novels, a new genre came into the scene – the New Adult (NA) novels.

New Adult emerged sometime in 2009 as a means to fill the gap between Young Adult and Adult Fiction. The target audience of New Adult fiction are people aged between 18 and 30 or that time in the lives of people when you are only just coming to terms with their new adulthood. The NA genre spoke to readers who identified with that age where people start to carry more responsibilities and are eager to find their place in the world. They’re struggling with love and career while on a journey to self-discovery.

NA fictions covers topics such as starting college, first jobs after graduation, financial independence, and first serious relationships. Some NA novels are more sexually descriptive because they are geared towards a more mature audience. However, NA is cautious not to cross the border into adult fiction or erotic novel territory.

NA fiction is gaining popularity for this reason but is also facing some criticism because of it.  NA is not appropriate for a 12-year-old reader yet not graphic or serious enough for the adult reader who picks up the NA title hoping for adult storylines. Many agents and publishing houses are still struggling to see how to market NA which has placed itself between two already well-established genres (YA and Adult). However, as we see more NA authors choose to self-publish and go on to find success, more big publishers may begin to pay attention.

As independent publishers, Progressive Rising Phoenix Press is always looking for creative content and consistently adding new content on a regular basis. Our mission is to succeed through promotion, creative cross-marketing, and original content. We recognize that the industry has changed and have partnered with authors who take ownership of their work and what we do.

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Interesting Young Adult Books That Were Turned Into Movies

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Most people know that the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight movies were first very successful book series. But many are surprised to know that many of the movies that have come out were also actually successful young adult books first. Let’s take a look at some movies from the past that were inspired by or adapted directly from popular YA books:

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures is the first book from The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It’s a supernatural love story of Lena Duchannes, a Caster and Ethan Lawson Wate, a human. Ethan is pulled into the magical world of the Caster because of his blossoming romance with Lena that’s and an eerie connection that links them to a haunting past they seem to share.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

The movie was based on the 1973 Lois Duncan novel “I Know What You Did Last Summer” where a group of teens hit and supposedly kill a man one summer. They cover it up and promise never to speak of it again. However, exactly one year later, they are terrorized by a man with a hook who leaves notes stating, “I know what you did last summer.”

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 

Teenager Clary Fray’s mother goes missing, and she finds herself entangled in the world of Shadowhunters. Clary faces demons, vampires, and other magical beings on her quest to find her mother, discovering long-hidden secrets about her own past along the way. The City of Bones is the first book from the Mortal Instruments series and is the only book that was made into a movie. However, the book series was later adapted into a TV series.

If I Stay

Mia Hall is a 17-year-old survivor of a catastrophic car accident that involved her entire family. She finds herself having an out-of-body experience as she lays in the hospital in a coma. The story follows her as she makes sense of what is happening while also reliving her past, struggling with the choice to stay or let go.

Divergent

Set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian Chicago, the Divergent trilogy are novels by Veronica Roth that tell the tale of a society that is segregated by personality traits. The story follows Tris, a Divergent, or someone who has equal attributes of multiple factions which not only makes her unique but a threat to the order of things. The movie series was meant to cover all 3 books in a 4-part movie series; however, only 3 were made.

The Fault in Our Stars

Sixteen-year-old, Hazel Grace Lancaster, is a cancer patient who meets 17-year-old Augustus Waters, a cancer survivor and amputee, in a cancer support group. They fall in love and share an unconventional romance. 10.7 million copies of the book have been sold to date, and the movie crossed the $300 million mark at the global box office.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

The movie was based on the book series by Ann Brashares. It follows a group of teens who discover a pair of jeans that magically fits each of them perfectly. The movies follow their lives over the course of four summers as they lead different lives but remain close by sharing the pants and their stories along the way.

These movies that were based from wildly successful young adult novels prove that the best screenplays and blockbusters could inspired by the YA book you’re reading right now. At Progressive Rising Phoenix, we offer a wide variety of young adult fiction that range from mystery, suspense, action, adventure, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, and more! We wonder which of our award-winning titles will be the next book to make it to the big screen.