March 2, 2024

Saudi Young Adult Literature Between Cinema and Drama

Saudi Young Adult Literature Between Cinema and Drama

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Saudi Young Adult Literature Between Cinema and Drama: Monitoring “Hawjan” Film and Series by Writers Osama Al-Muslim and Hezam Bin Rashed

Young Adult Literature, a relatively modern term that may have emerged in the early 20th century, brings to mind classification based on age. Participants in the “Young Adult Novel” seminar at the Riyadh International Book Fair 2022 agreed that Young Adult Literature refers to novels directed at individuals aged between ten and nineteen.

Professor Ali Al-Hamoud, a literary critic at King Saud University, emphasized the significance of young adult literature in fostering imagination, particularly as writing for this age group is more challenging than writing for older youth. The evolution of this literary genre has been propelled by young authors who successfully attracted a considerable audience of young readers. Their literary works not only achieved great success but also transitioned into dramatic and cinematic productions.

Osama Al-Muslim

Osama Al-Muslim, a Saudi author, has gained popularity among young readers from various Arab countries. As a university professor, Al-Muslim’s understanding of the youth’s mentality is evident, and his choice of the “TikTok” platform has brought him closer to them. The immense popularity of Al-Muslim’s works, particularly the fantasy novel “Arabistan Orchards,” has led to its adaptation into the first Arab fantasy drama, titled “The Resurrection of the Witches,” set to air soon on MBC.

Hezam bin Rashed

Hezam bin Rashed, another Saudi writer, believes that young adult novels should not necessarily be superficial; they should carry a depth that captivates readers without causing boredom. With the artistic movement in Saudi Arabia, producers are increasingly seeking novels at book fairs due to their popularity.

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