Musing Mondays — YA

Today’s Musing Mondays comes to you fashionably late! This week’s question: “Why do you think that the Young Adult genre is so popular with even the adult readers? Do you read YA books, yourself?”

I’ve taken a turn with the ol’ young adults here and there and while I don’t like every YA book out there, there are quite a few that I absolutely love. Really, it’s hard to answer a question like “Why do you like YA books?” because that’s like asking “Why do you like books?” They come in all shapes and sizes just like books for kids or books for adults.

I think part of why I still read a good bit of YA even though I’m practically an old woman (this is not true) is that even though I was in the young adult age range just ten years or so ago, I wasn’t reading YA then. I pretty much skipped from The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley books straight into the adult section, because there weren’t a lot of options in my library that were at both my reading and age levels. So I started going back to see what I’d missed, and found a lot of great new stuff while I was at it.

Probably the other thing that makes me like YA is that it tends to reflect my own life better. So much adult fiction centers around relationships or marriages that are dysfunctional or falling apart or whatever, and (knock on wood) I simply don’t relate. I haven’t had, and hope never to have, these experiences, and so I just spend most of my time complaining at the characters for being so stupid. It gets tiresome. But high school? I can totally relate to dysfunctional and stupid high schoolers, that is easy.

Speaking of YA, I got my copy of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars the other day, but I haven’t cracked it open yet because I’ve been told it will make me cry my poor sad eyes out, and I do not have the will or the tissues to get through it just yet. But I’m excited for the day that I do have those.

6 thoughts on “Musing Mondays — YA

    • Alison says:

      Tina — I started reading them when I was in kindergarten, and I read all of them (including specials and mysteries and Little Sister books) up until they revamped the series… probably a couple hundred books in all! Obsession! I kept reading them even when I was older than the characters, ’cause I just wanted to know what they were up to, you know? 🙂

  1. Emily Barton says:

    I’m like you: I pretty much jumped from children’s to adults (even fewer books classified as YA back in my day. Options were pretty much things like The Outsiders and The Chocolate War — both horribly depressing, and I didn’t want to read such depressing stuff at that age), so I’ve revisited now that I’m all grown up. I took a YA literature course when I was in library school and loved it, realizing that a lot of really great writers are writing for this age group.

    • Alison says:

      Emily — I totally loved The Outsiders when I read it for eighth grade English, but I definitely would not have wanted to read that on my own! And I too took a YA course in library school (we are like twins!) and found a lot of really excellent stuff to read, and a little bit of stuff that made me want to tear my hair out. Alas.

  2. Yvette Cendes says:

    Nice. I have read my fair share of YA along the way (usually what I read in a bookstore after I’m done checking out the more legit sections), and like them because they’re easy and usually fun reads. The problem with a lot of adult fiction is it takes itself too seriously at many times, and some good yarn like “The Hunger Games” would never be accepted by critics if it was an adult novel instead of YA- they’d sneer and say it’s “science fiction” as if that means it’s not good.

    I think it’s the fact that adults like to take themselves too seriously if you ask me. 🙂

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