Book Discussion

YA Love- Love For Young Adult Books from All Ages~

Dear world,

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?

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But this isn’t REALLY a rant, it’s more of a motivational speech using gifs and a lot of emotions ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜„

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*

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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.

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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.

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Some books have taught us like Wintergirls. Some are diverse with lovable characters, I’m looking at you Eleanor & Park (the feels!)

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 :)?

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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:

Sasha Nanua one of the authors of The Pendant Trilogy replied:

Scarlet from SVR

ย ย ย ย  @otakutwins1 I love it because I love reading about first experiences. They always feel so fresh to me. So exciting!…

ย And no matter how old I am, I’ll always be a young (at heart) adult:)

 

Ensconced in Lit

 

Always Opinionated

โ€” alwaysopinionated (@opinionful) June 13, 2016

 

Emz from Paging Serenity

 

Lefty Reads from Left-Handed Book Reader

Jesalin from Blogging Everything Beautiful

Julie Eshbaugh author of Ivory and Bone

Book Lover from A Crave For Books

Caitlin from Book Chats (YouTube)

Nicole Chase (twitter)

 

Charley from A Writer Named Charley

 

Nayab from The YA Book Shelf

 

Kerri Maniscalco author of Stalking Jack the Ripper

 

Stephanie Garber author of Caraval

 

Chelsea from Sparkle Scribble

 

Bookish Babes Book Club

 

 

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 :)!

 

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5 thoughts on “YA Love- Love For Young Adult Books from All Ages~

    1. RIGHT! That is so weird and very upsetting ๐Ÿ˜› I had to respond to this cray-cray article for being so mean girls XD. Anyways, you make a good point, what is it if not a genre/age range? Fake? Nah, I don’t think so ๐Ÿ˜› how could it be fake IF there are so many people searching it out and writing it? It IS very necessary to have, that’d be like getting rid of Middle Grade, that’d be nuts.
      Thanks for stopping by though Claire :)!

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