December 16, 2012 |
Among the many aftereffects of the popped housing bubble is the perception that many young adults have been spooked into doubting that they'll ever own a home — or even aspire to own one. Not true, says a new survey from a major real estate company, which contends that 18- to 35-year-olds do indeed like the idea of owning homes, and they've learned a thing or two from watching their parents struggle with the housing market. And by the way, that young adult child of yours, the one who has moved back home and established residence in your basement?
December 9, 2012 |
After riding out the tough economy in their parents' basements, more young American adults are starting to break out on their own, pushing up the nation's mobility rate and giving an important boost to the housing market and the broader recovery. Thanks to improving job prospects and super-low mortgage rates, adults in their 20s and early 30s are moving into their own apartments and buying homes in increasingly greater numbers, according to real estate experts and government statistics.
December 6, 2012 |
Reached A Novel Ally Condie Dutton: 384 pp., $17.99, ages 12 and older Just two years ago, former English teacher Ally Condie released "Matched," a wildly successful young adult crossover novel that landed on general fiction top 10 lists. Taking a bit from Orwell's "1984" and some more from Lois Lowry's "The Giver," Condie crafted a story about a smart teen girl who trusts her government and its system of selecting mates for its citizens - until she falls in love with the wrong boy. Cool and sophisticated where "The Hunger Games" was red hot and bloodthirsty, "Matched" convinced many that the YA genre was an intelligent force to be reckoned with in the general fiction world.
October 21, 2012 |
Lauren Conrad isn't just a celebrity. The blond from Orange County, with her trademark cat-eye makeup, is a cottage industry. Conrad, 26, hasn't appeared regularly on television since exiting the MTV reality show "The Hills" in 2009, but off-screen, she's been quietly building a lifestyle empire. (Her net worth is estimated to be about $12 million.) She's written two bestselling series of young-adult novels that play with Hollywood stereotypes. She runs an eponymous clothing line sold at Kohl's and a second fashion collection called Paper Crown that's available at 120 boutiques nationwide.
October 16, 2012 |
Zombies must eat human flesh. And they're kind of partial to Nielsen ratings too, if the huge numbers for AMC's season premiere of "The Walking Dead" are any indication. In another sign of the growing programming power of cable TV, Sunday's Season 3 rollout of the zombie drama devoured basic-cable ratings records and also became the highest-rated entertainment premiere among young adults this fall - higher even than "Modern Family" and "The Voice," not to mention "Revolution" and "Vegas" and all the other new series the broadcasters have put on. Recent months have found cable dramas on a creative and viewership roll as broadcast rivals have lagged behind.
October 16, 2012 |
I happen to like "Emily Owens, M.D.," the CW's new medical comedy, which is also its new medical drama. It is smartly written and well played and stars Mamie Gummer, who has been sneaking up on television via "John Adams," the short-lived "Off the Map" and a delightful recurring role on "The Good Wife. " But I can see that this series, which premieres Tuesday, is also going to be very much a matter of taste. If I call it a cross between "New Girl" and "Grey's Anatomy," an incomplete but not inaccurate comparison, well, I can already hear some doors slam shut.
October 11, 2012 |
Carrie Arcos was mystified when she received an email from the National Book Foundation instructing her to call its office. "I thought I was in trouble or something," said the Los Angeles mother of three. It turned out to be just the opposite. "Out of Reach," her young adult novel about siblings and meth addiction, had been chosen as a finalist for the National Book Awards. "It's so unbelievable to me that this is happening," said Arcos, a first-time novelist. The finalists for the National Book Awards were announced Wednesday.
September 28, 2012 |
Young voters are tuning out the 2012 presidential campaign and fewer have registered to vote than four years ago, when young adults were a key element of Barack Obama's coalition. But several factors could limit Mitt Romney's ability to benefit from those trends, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis . The study found, for example, that the drop-off in young-voter engagement in this year's election has been even greater among those...
September 25, 2012 |
TEHRAN - Iranian ministers have fretted for years about a "marriage crisis" in the country. The average age when people wed has climbed since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, causing concern among officials, as well as family elders, that Iranians may stray from a traditional pious path by staying single too long. Now a government minister says the country needs to legalize matchmaking websites to nudge Iranians to get hitched at younger ages. Mohammad Abbasi, the country's sports and youth minister, recently said he hoped to come up with rules for what may amount to a sort of Match.com or eHarmony suited for the Islamic Republic.
September 19, 2012 |
Few novelists get a better welcome to L.A. than Jessica Shirvington. She had just flown into the city from her native Australia on Sunday when she learned that her debut novel had been picked up for a possible TV series. "Embrace," a young adult series about sexy teen angels at war, is in development for a weekly, hourlong TV drama with the CW Network, Amblin Entertainment and CBS Television Studios, according to a spokesperson for Sourcebooks, which published the first two books in the series this year.