Friday, August 9, 2013
Discussion Question: How Much Sex is Appropriate for YA Novels?
So we've noticed a pattern in YA novels where the characters in contemporary YA are more likely to have sex while the characters in dystopian and paranormal typically have to wait until book three! Why is this?
We think it's great when YA books deal with the topic in a realistic way (there's fumbling, awkwardness, discussions about protection, etc). However, in dystopian and paranormal books, if there is sex, it's not between the main characters, but the sidekicks (like Lissa from Vampire Academy). Or if they have sex, it's fade to black. Sometimes if it's even described, it's so vague we're not entirely sure if they have had sex or not (like in All Our Yesterdays). And not to sound flippant, but in dystopian or paranormal novels, where the characters may die the next day, we're always like, "Just have sex already!" (This is especially the case with Clary and Jace, except if she's still 15, we retract that statement).
So here are a few questions: Why are dystopian and paranormal books less likely to have the characters have sex? If they do, how much description should be given? Fade to black?Some description but keep it vague?