Can we take a moment here, a breather. A break from your regularly scheduled program to listen… er… read a rant on Fable’s Library?
But this isn’t REALLY a rant, it’s more of a motivational speech using gifs and a lot of emotions 😀 😦 😛 😄
Angelina and I have been book bloggers for 2-3 years now (we don’t remember if it’s been 2 or 3, don’t judge XD) and every so often an article pops up that gets a TON of book bloggers angry, and I DO mean angry. People keep writing articles on topics like, Why Adults Shouldn’t Read YA, or YA isn’t a genre, or YA is Adults Books Pretending to be for Younger Audiences and blah blah blah.
*YA means Young Adult…in case you don’t know that.
But here is the deal, why isn’t YA a genre, but Adult and Middle Grade are? Why can people of all ages read Adult but not YA? WHY IS THERE A HUGE JUMP FROM CONTENT IN MIDDLE GRADE TO ADULT FICTION?
Guys, let’s be real here, if you go from reading Harry Potter to 50 Shades of Gray, something is wrong with that picture *shudders* Don’t we need some sort of transition? And if you want to stick with Middle Grade, with YA, or if you only want to read Adult books, why are so many people judging?
*I’ve never read 50 shades of Gray, but I know enough. More than I want to know *shudders again*
Reading isn’t too popular to begin with, I know maybe… three or four other people (in real life) that read besides me, that isn’t a lot. Let’s focus more on encouraging people to read, young people, older people, ALL people. It DOESN’T matter who you are, what race, gender, sexual preference, body type, reading is for everybody. It touches all of us readers in different ways, with sweet romances, or tragic backstory, what have you :P.
All of this buzz about yet another negative light on YA got me thinking, where are all of our POSITIVE YA articles? I never see those circulating around.
I already started talking above about some positive stuff about reading, even if it isn’t only YA centered. To recap what you just read…
- We shouldn’t judge the genre people read, OR the age they are when they read them. Adults can read Middle Grade, and with parent’s permission, kids can read Adult books (just not ADULT books, kids shouldn’t be exposed to that in my opinion O_O’)
- Reading touches everyone who, well, reads. All ages, genders, races, and so on. READ WHAT YOU LOVE!
Now you may be thinking, “what about you two? Why do you love YA? What makes YA so good in your opinion?”
- We are teens, so it might help that the situations that take place in most YA is easier to relate to than Middle Grade and Adult books.
- YA isn’t (typically) full of adult themes like “steamy romance” *cough* I hate those scenes a LOT *cough*
- YA covers a TON of different topics, I’m sure other genres cover this too but young adult books are getting more and more diverse these days. True, diversity isn’t as apparent right now, but the trend of diverse characters is going up (I think we will see A LOT more in the next few years, just wait and see!)
- Cute romances, quirky characters, epic fantasy.
The thing I really don’t understand though… why is YA always bashed and hated on? YA is a genre, if Adult and Middle Grade are, then YA is too. Let’s not exclude a category of books that has touched the lives of many, regardless of age. YA deserves the love is has received just as much as any other genre out there. It has earned the right to call itself a genre.
Let’s NOT go and shame a genre for having (and I QUOTE) “disheartening mush of false problems, fake solutions, idealized romance, second-rate fantasy, tired distopians.” YA IS NOT, “Easy to read. Easy to forget.” I’m not providing a link to the article because that would give the sight more views. This is the most dishearening thing about this post, the fact that someone would go and bash a genre for being, “lazy” and let’s talk about the good.
For example, I have a BILLION YA recommendations proving that YA isn’t “easy to forget.” Read Illuminae and tell me it doesn’t give you chills. Try Throne of Glass and tell me that the series and Sarah J. Maas doesn’t blow you out of the water. The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Denton Little’s Deathdate, Beyond the Red, The Impostor Queen, Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder is book one), Storm Siren, and last but not least, An Inheritence of Ashes are all perfect examples of how YA has gone further than your typical story. There are plenty of YA (and I’m sure other genres like Adult and Middle Grade) that have pushed the boundaries of fiction and brought us into newer worlds.
*Note: the above are some of MY favorite books. Not everyone will agree and that’s fine 🙂
Regardless of the books you love, YA has moved me. It’s made me cry (A Monster Calls) and laugh (Rebel Belle) and scream in terror when ghosts haunt (Supervision). YA has ripped my heart to shreds and put it back together again and again.
Let’s stop the genre hate please :)?
I decided to hop around the deepest, darkest corners of the book blogging universe (Twitter) and see what other book bloggers love about YA.
Tris from Tris’ Nook said:
@otakutwins1 I feel like YA has a stronger plot line than adult, they develop everything not just sex. They are able to make it cute and very in depth/meaningful and not just about a romance. They build past that, and have intriguing/interesting stories I love.
— Ʈris Black (@Tris_Has_A_Nook) June 13, 2016
Sasha Nanua one of the authors of The Pendant Trilogy replied:
@otakutwins1 I find YA books to have a wide variety–and a lot of newer ones have an emphasis on diversity!
— Sasha Nanua (@sashananua) June 13, 2016
Scarlet from SVR
@otakutwins1 I love it because I love reading about first experiences. They always feel so fresh to me. So exciting!…
And no matter how old I am, I’ll always be a young (at heart) adult:)
— Scarlet Rose (@scarls17) June 13, 2016
@otakutwins1 I enjoy the fast paced, but highly imaginative and creative worlds to escape into. Also, I’ve some cute book boyfriends 🙂
— Ensconced in Lit (@CAhnBooks) June 13, 2016
@otakutwins1 I enjoy the fact it tackles issues society likes to ignore whilst being wildly entertaining and great fun to read. Also the characters are relatable as they’re at a similar stage of life as I am which makes their stories more interesting
— alwaysopinionated (@opinionful) June 13, 2016
Emz from Paging Serenity
@otakutwins1 OMG there are so many reasons. Diversity, themes, connect to characters, escape from reality, just to name a few.
— Emz Chang (@PagingSerenity) June 13, 2016
Lefty Reads from Left-Handed Book Reader
@otakutwins1 YA deals with a really pivotal time in life. Teen years are, for the most part, laying the foundation for a person’s future…
— Lefty Reads (@LeftyReads) June 13, 2016
Jesalin from Blogging Everything Beautiful
@otakutwins1 I feel that I relate & connect better with the plot & characters in YA. Also, I haven’t tried too many other genres… 😁😅
— Jesalin ❃ (@JBelkBooks) June 13, 2016
Julie Eshbaugh author of Ivory and Bone
@otakutwins1 I love YA because the teen years are when so many firsts happen–positive and negative. 1st love, 1st responsibility, etc.
— Julie Eshbaugh (@JulieEshbaugh) June 13, 2016
Book Lover from A Crave For Books
@otakutwins1 I love reading YA because imagination and creativity help to conjure up powerful and meaningful worlds to readers. They become intertwine with reality and often it becomes a place to escape to, hope, something to dream of, a source of inspiration
— Book Lover (@bookcrazie) June 13, 2016
Caitlin from Book Chats (YouTube)
@otakutwins1 awesome. I read a pretty good mix of things, when I pick up YA it’s usually for the fast pace and emotional immediacy
— Caitlin Vanasse (@CaitlinVanasse) June 13, 2016
Nicole Chase (twitter)
— Nicole Chase (@SpaceAgNicole) June 13, 2016
Charley from A Writer Named Charley
@otakutwins1 YA books have greater variety of subgenres and creativity than many adult books I’ve read. Personally, I relate more to the characters as well. The authors are super relatable and open as well, which draws me to the genre more. Everything in YA has a community behind it. It has become a second family for me.
— Charley (@writercharley) June 13, 2016
Nayab from The YA Book Shelf
@otakutwins1 Because it’s such a wide ranging genre… It has a little of everything :). No-one YA book gives you the same feeling. Each ones different (even though the subject matter might be the same as other books)
— Nayab H. (@Nay1H) June 13, 2016
Kerri Maniscalco author of Stalking Jack the Ripper
@otakutwins1 I love YA because the characters are fearless and willing to stand up for their beliefs, even if they’re scared.
— Kerri Maniscalco (@KerriManiscalco) June 13, 2016
Stephanie Garber author of Caraval
@otakutwins1 I love it all! The way the stories are written, the emotions & relationships they explore, the genre-mashing, the pace!
— Stephanie Garber (@SGarberGirl) June 13, 2016
Chelsea from Sparkle Scribble
@otakutwins1 I read YA to enjoy it. To reccommend it to my students AND my friends. Because it doesn’t shy away from important issues.
— Chelsea (@sparklescribble) June 13, 2016
— BookishBabesBookClub (@bookishbabesBC) June 14, 2016
A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO REPLIED! I loved reading all of your comments :). Please go check out all the books, blogs, tumblrs and twitters mentioned and help me give these people a big round of applause! I made sure that the titles in black link up to the persons blog/author site/tumblr and the orange book titles send you over to goodreads :).
Let’s keep YA, and ALL other genres as positive as possible and encourage people of all ages to read.
Why do you love YA/ reading? Please let me know :)!