Crossover Literature

In children’s literature scholarship, “crossover” refers to literature that crosses from child to adult or adult to child audiences. While crossover literature is not a new phenomenon, the term itself was not adopted until J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books gave this literature a high profile. Although the term was in use in the late 1990s, it did not emerge as a common expression until the early years of the new millennium. While the crossover phenomenon actually began earlier in the visual media, with television shows (Star Trek, The Simpsons), films (E.T., Toy Story), comics (Charlie Brown), and video games (Super Mario Bros.) that had broad appeal with mixed-age audiences, the term is not often used in this sense, except by children’s literature theorists and critics.

The website crossoverguide.com is one of the few sources to offer a broad definition that …

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