Delirium isn't going to be a movie. It's signed with Fox for a pilot episode. Looks like Emma Roberts has been cast as Lena.
A friend of mine's a writer who's looking at doing some YA stuff. I told him he's too adult for the YA market, but he seems to think he can conquer with comedy. He's pretty bright, so who knows?
He pointed out that today's YA books are pretty much all an elaboration on a bunch of depressed, self-obsessed white kids often going through a bisexual phase (to quote him misquoting George Carlin). He hates vampire stories, werewolf stories and contemporary magic in a modern world stories. They're all WAY overdone with the imagination in them limited to things like making them sparkle or have to wave a wand a certain way. But he seems to think the one thing all these YA books have in common is an abundance of drama, some action and an overall lack of comedy. Kids read these books to escape reality by identifying with the characters. That's all well and good, yet doesn't really HELP the reader that much. Many studies have proven that people feel better, and stay healthier, if they laugh a lot. it may be easier to write about teen vampire angst while holding off ravenous werewolves with your magic wand, but comedy makes you feel better.
So maybe he's onto something. This assumes kids will laugh at his stuff, of course. I still think he's writing to an adult market.
As if it isn't bad enough that Hollywood has Neutered Vampires, now they're going to turn the rest of folklore's most interesting characters into WIMPS.