I recently read a number of articles on the topic of young adult fiction. While many cultural critics came down on the positive side of young adult fiction, others did not. What is interesting about these critics is they often focus on the readers rather than the books themselves. The critics seem to take issue with the idea that adult women are reading YA. They can't seem to understand why adult women would want to read books where the main character is under twenty and the story focuses on contemporary teenage experiences, are set in fantastical worlds, or focus on the paranormal. They seem to be somewhat more understanding when adults read YA dystopian but even then they suggest adult dystopian would be more appropriate. Since I am an adult woman and a heavy reader of YA I obviously ignore these critics but I am aware of their censure and the negative response of many friends and family.
So why do I read YA? I've never enjoyed thrillers, suspense, and crime dramas which are the genres that seem to dominate the adult market. As a result I used to read a lot of literary fiction and historical romance UNTIL I started reading YA. YA books have helped me to discover there are so many more genres that I enjoy. For the first time in my life I am reading science fiction, I am reading about female heroines who fight and kill, I am reading about fairies, vampires, and witches. I still love a good contemporary or historical romance or a book about families and relationships but now the main character is usually under the age of 20.
What drew you to YA books and do your friends or family comment on your reading choices?
Posted By: Sheri