In light of yesterday’s debate in the New York Times over the power/importance/relevance of Young Adult fiction and in light of the fact that it is finally Friday, I thought I’d continue with the Week of The Bullet-Points to give you a few reasons why I am an adult who reads YA.
- I got bored and frustrated with reading adult fiction. I was struggling to find anything to read and decided to try a few YA picks. I have been on quite the roll ever since.
- YA tends to discuss themes that are relevant and usually pretty sophisticated. I am talking about themes like death, human rights, women’s rights, violence, government oppression, human suffering, etc.
- The characters can be more intelligent, introspective, and real than some of the characters in adult books.
- I read somewhere that adults like YA because of it’s adherence to the narrative, whereas contemporary adult fiction experiments with other structures. I don’t know if that is entirely true, but I do know that I am a fan of the narrative.
- Generally speaking, I do not have to wade through literary pretense/difficult language. I am not an incapable or unsophisticated reader, but generally I appreciate clear communication.
- The YA book blogging community is pretty awesome and is where I landed when I started blogging a whole two months ago.
- The YA genre was pretty paltry when I was a teen. At the very least, I never read from the “Teen” section of my library when I was that age. I hate to miss out on great books because I have outgrown or overlooked a genre.
- I actually like teenagers and young adults. I have worked at colleges for most of my professional life and my favorite parts of it involve interacting with students. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that I actually like young adult characters.
- There are so many YA series… once you start one you have to finish the rest!
- I read what I like and I like YA.
The bottom line for me is that reading should be not only an exercise in expanding the mind, but also a fun activity. There is a time and place for reading things you don’t like and it is called school. If reading YA makes you happy, then I say go for it. If it isn’t your cup of tea, that’s cool, too. Just read and let read, I say.
Why do you read YA?