Read. Read what you wish. I know I do.
But along the way, reflect on why you read what you do.
Yet, above all, have fun with what you read.
Remember when you were in high school, and you thought how cool it was going to be when you graduated and became an adult?
No more kiddie studies, being preached at ... no more kiddie books.
School might have forced you to report on the books from the kid's section -- but man!
How adult you felt when you read books written by adults for adults.
No more simplistic books for simple minds!
A 2012 survey by a market research firm found that 55 percent of YA books are bought by people older than 18.
Is the publishing industry being driven by adults demanding easy content
written below their intellectual level?
Ruth Graham, a writer from New Hampshire, wrote an interesting article for THE SLATE:
The cultural definition of “young adult” now stretches practically to age 30,
which may have something to do with our culture's absolute terror of growing older.
I remember reading KIM, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, TREASURE ISLAND, and GREAT EXPECTATIONS ...
Novels that had young protagonists surviving in a world of adults that would chew them up just as soon as look at them.
The world was bigger than they -- they were not the world's savior but scrappy survivors who mingled with all segments of society --
usually being seen as insignificant and trying to learn the ropes of how to be an adult while living long enough to become one.
There's a line in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS from the handsome, too good to be true boyfriend:
"I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things”
I taught teens. They simply do not talk like that. Ever.
It was not a "true" line.
So much of YA is uncritical of teenagers' mindsets.
The adults are portrayed as dense, clueless buffoons who just do not get it about life.
Older readers are asked to abandon the mature insights into that perspective that they (supposedly) have acquired as adults.
Shailene Woodley, the 22-year-old star of this weekend’s big YA-based film is reported explaining why she is finished with making teenage movies:
“Last year, when I made Fault, I could still empathize with adolescence. But I’m not a young adult anymore—I’m a woman.”
I write YA as well as adult historical fantasy
(No, not erotica about romancing the ghost of Cleopatra -- ah, though come to think of it -- that would probably sell.)
I am glad when anyone reads any genre. I advocate reading what you wish. I know I do.
I also advocate dipping into non-fiction and genres you don't ordinarily read.
What do you think about Ruth Graham's belief
that adults should be ashamed of reading YA?
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