#YAwithSoul Is the Perfect Intersection of Blackness and Books

stock-footage-laughing-black-haired-woman-reading-a-book-while-sitting-on-her-bedBlack Twitter has done it again. The hashtag #YAwithSoul envisioned your favorite Young Adult books infused with a heavy dose of blackness. Suffice it to say, political satire and overall hilariousness ensued.

What happens when you take Young Adult books (notorious for its focus on white characters) and reimagine them with black folk instead? You get #YAwithSoul. It’s all of those YA bestsellers, just chopped and screwed.

It all started with just one tweet:


And then Black Twitter was off to the races with alternate versions of popular books like the Harry Potter series, the Hunger Games series, the Divergent series, and much more. I’ve cherry-picked some of the most hilarious below:


In the end, #YAwithSoul speaks to the need for diversity in literature. We need stories that everyone can relate to, and if more YA books sounded like the tweets above, the world would most definitely be a better place.


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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.