Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series, recently did a guest post for The Wall Street Journal in which she talked about the importance of YA literature to young adults. It’s a great piece.

Here’s a great section of that essay, called “The Secret Worlds Teens Hide from Adults.”

Saving the world is a pretty common endgame for YA fantasies of all stripes. (In fact, one of James Patterson’s bestselling “Maximum Ride” series books is entitled “Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports.”) When kids and teens dream, they dream big — it’s part of what makes them so much fun to write for. In Percy Jackson’s ordinary life, he’s a regular kid with ADHD; in the secret magical world in which he’s a demigod, he and his sword Riptide are all that stands between civilization and annihilation.

Read the full article here.