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19 June 2014 @ 02:05 pm
Is YA dead?  
Always prvocative, Roger Sutton recently posed this question: "Adults have always made the big decisions about books for young people. But now they are doing so from the position of consumers, not gatekeepers. If the majority of a book’s readers are adults reading for their own pleasure, does it even make sense to call it a book for teenagers?" Here is the link to the entire piece (and do be sure to read the comments, all of them): http://www.hbook.com/2014/06/blogs/read-roger/even-call-ya-anymore/.

This post was, in part, a response to another of those pernicious articles about YA from a literay snob. You can read that piece here: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2014/06/against_ya_adults_should_be_embarrassed_to_read_children_s_books.single.html. Basically, the premise is that adults should be ashamed of reading YA books. Over 3000 comments followed up on this piece which is yet another written by someone who has read maybe a handful of YA books and found them wanting. It is a shame really, because anyone who reads YA knows that it cannot be defined by a handful of books.

I am not going to waste my time (or yours, dear readers) by telling this literary snob why she is dead wrong. I am not going to waste time in a long answer to Roger Sutton's query either. YA still IS for teens (and some tweens and apparently a whole lot of adults). It offers something different, I suspect, to those different audiences.

I revel in the stack of books which threaten to topple at home and in the office. Most of them are for younger readers. However, be they picture books, MG novels, YA, fiction, NF, GNs, poetry, etc., I find something in each book that touches something inside of me, too.
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