April 29, 2014 by Bernadette ~ The Bumbling Bookworm
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I love reading Young Adult fiction, and that’s not really a secret. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading all kinds of fiction, but YA is really the genre that I enjoy the most. But people can be really judgey about this and that can be so annoying!
Okay, so some of the covers can be a bit poxy and you may think the subject matter is just for teenagers, but I’m here to tell you that you’re wrong. There are a multitude of great YA books out there that appeal to all age groups, too many for me to name at 11 o’clock at night as I’m writing this – although recent reads The Book Thief and Where the Stars Still Shine certainly spring to mind. After all, the genre is not just named for its intended audience as many people mistakenly assume. Instead, the genre is named for the age group of the main characters that are the focus of the novel at hand, which generally tends to appeal to young adults given that they are around the same age group. However, people shouldn’t assume that they’re the only ones who get enjoyment out of YA, or that adults are somehow deficient for reading YA.
I don’t think I can really do this topic justice, especially after reading this post from Judith at Paper Riot. You should totally check it out, she puts everything clearly and succinctly without resorting to shaming the judgey people. I was totally cheering and yelling YEAH as I read each paragraph 🙂 Like Judith, I too read YA because it makes me happy but I don’t exclusively read YA. Sure, it forms the bulk of my reading but it’s not the only thing I read. Some may think I’ve got issues for reading YA, I take the view that it makes me more well-rounded 🙂 After all, I adore contemporaries and romance novels; should it matter if the genre is YA or adult?
My 77 y.o. dad just read & loved #TFIOS
Dad: “Is it a young adult novel or is it just a novel about young people?”
Me: “Does it matter?”
— gayle forman (@gayleforman) April 28, 2014
I couldn’t have put it better myself.