I love angels. Or at least I love the idea of angels in YA lit. And apparently a lot of authors do too since like dystopia lit, angel books are all over the place in the YA section at bookstores.
A Little Bit of Background About Angels
Angels have been a part of literature since like forever. Angels play a variety of roles in multiple religions. And have been viewed as these beings that watched over us. But while angels have had religious connotations for thousands of years, in mainstream literature their origins aren’t as old.
Probably the first arguably secular work that included angels was John Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. Although, the poem depicts the biblical fall, one might say that is more secular than other works that featured angels because the work seems to go into much further detail of the fall than the actual religious text . The poem itself is a masterpiece having
been forced read in my early British literature class. There are several ways you can analyze the work. Often Satan has been viewed as the hero of the poem, even though this horrified Milton. Interesting little fact, Milton wrote the entire thing while blind.
Since Milton there have angels have been frequently saturating the media more and more.
Remember this book?
Angels have been popping up in YA literature for awhile. Case in point, Elizabeth Chandler’s Kissed by an Angel series was originally released in the late 1990’s.
Angel lit started exploding though after a little book called Twilight.
B) The ultimate battle between good and evil: Angels have always played a role in the battle between good and evil. Since YA lit likes to explore a lot of light vs dark themes. They’d be the perfect paranormal creature to feature.
C) Wide Array of Possibilities: Angel mythology has been seen in many shapes and forms. Giving YA authors a ton of source material to use for the origins of their worlds. Seriously, while angels are most commonly depicted in the bible they have also been subject to an entire episode of Ancient Aliens.