Vampires and Witches Go to School: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction, Gender, and the Gothic
In the twenty-first century, the Gothic has experienced a cultural resurgence in literature, film, and television for young adult audiences. Young adult readers, poised between childhood and adulthood, have proven especially receptive to the Gothic’s themes of liminality, monstrosity, transgression, romance, and sexuality. As part of the Gothic’s incorporation into a broad range of texts for young people, the school story—a conventionally realist genre—
has begun to include supernatural gothic characters including vampires, witches,
angels, and zombies, and has once again become a popular genre for young readers.