‘We need more Catholic YA’ – So says Jonathan Ryan, writing in the Church Life Journal, and given the success of that genre, he would be right.
Why don’t Catholics have a sustained presence in the YA market complete with a huge, supporting community that encourages it? Of course, there are exceptions such as Suzanne Collins who is Catholic and wrote The Hunger Games trilogy (although, many would argue the worldview in these books is not very Catholic at all). Regina Doman—founder of Chesterton Press, editor, and author—is another example. But, these exceptions just prove the rule: there doesn’t seem to be a sustained movement among Catholic writers to rush into the YA genre.