Monday, January 23, 2012

Loving Young Adult: Musing Mondays

Another Musing Mondays prompt from Should be Reading:
Why do you think that the Young Adult genre is so popular with even the adult readers? Do you read YA books, yourself?

Since being a young adult myself, I never read the genre until my youngest sister and oldest daughter started recommending titles. Then I became quite enthralled.

I love the Young Adult genre. Let me tell you why:

1. Characters - There's so much to explore with young adult characters. They are at that beautiful stage of life where they know just enough to be dangerous, but not necessarily enough to be judged. These characters can be open to influence, both good and bad. It's a mine field for authors. Plus there's so much the characters can learn.

2. Story - Just like any other type of fiction, the complexity of story can range from lighthearted to devastating. But there's something special about seeing story develop through the eyes of characters still figuring it out. For me, at least, this only adds to the complexity and potential of where the author can take you. Something about a younger adult going through something touches me at a different level than an older person, someone who at least in theory should be wiser.

3. Community - Thanks to the popularity of this genre, I can chat with my girlfriends and my daughter and her girlfriends about the same material. It bridges that gap between the ages. And what could be better than that?

Do you read YA books? If so, what's your number one reason?


Edward H. Carpenter said...

Tia, I find the YA category rather interesting... While I read both "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" before either one became popular (the latter is the far superior trilogy) I personally view the genre with mixed feelings, primarily because I think that it's a bit, hmmm, well, something that the YA genre is almost exclusively written, and largely read by people in their late-mid 30's... I also feel that this genre (like Paranormal Romance, where again, I read and enjoyed the groundbreaking authors like Laurell Hamilton) has now become so "the thing" that it's all a bit, (yawn)... That said, there are still some gems out there... I rather enjoyed Kristin Cashore's "Fire" and "Graceling"...

Just my two cents...


Tia Bach said...

Never heard of Kristin Cashore, so I'll be checking her out. Thanks for the suggestion. I admit, YA is crowded with vampires, but there's a lot of great YA out there. I have a sixth grade daughter that eats it up!

Looking forward to having some more book discussion with you, Edward!