Why fully-grown folks revisit those YA books….Posted: January 23, 2012
I’m taking a second to answer the question of the day from over at Should Be Reading.
Why do you think that the Young Adult genre is so popular with even the adult readers? Do you read YA books, yourself?
I love YA books. I enjoy the growth that so many of the characters go through. I enjoy the moments of decision that lead to that growth. Even in the ever-popular dystopian YA novels, the characters go through a maturation and growth that many “adult” books don’t include. There’s also the ADVENTURE / Anti-Authority aspect that just goes w/ YA lit. Too many times it comes off as angry or corny in the “adult” fiction world. And, let’s face it. Teenagers are funny. (Overheard in the cafeteria today, with no sense of irony: “dude, I AM a badass.” Spoken by a very skinny, spectacled, non-badass.) Their situations and crises are different from mine as a married mom w/ 2 jobs and in school. It’s a nice escape. My last reason has to do with the fact that I love Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Mystery. YA authors do this stuff really well.