Thursday, February 02, 2017

Discussion Challenge #2 - Why is YA Frowned Upon?





Okay I just want to jump into this because it happened to me again. I was look through a used bookstore, in the YA section because that's really all I read. A woman came over and asked me how I was and then then I started talking to her for a minute and then she asked me why I was looking in this section when this was for 'kids'. I needed to be in the romance section where all the good books were. 

I being the scared person I am went over to look at the romance section and listened to her go on and on about this book and why it was soooo good. I left without buying anything and ranted the whole way home to my partner. 

Why do people look down on YA? 

I mean I honestly don't understand. Just because the MC is a young adult doesn't mean the book is childish or lesser for these facts. It also doesn't meant that everything is 'dumbed' down. I just got done reading a book that wasn't dumbed down at all. I've also heard the complaint that YA has so sex in it. I guess these people haven't heard of Paper Princess. It has some sex in there.

My point is, YA has everything that these people are looking for. Great plots, complicated plots, sex, great characters, and they are just as good as anything else. 


16 comments:

  1. Ugh I hate the assumption that YA books aren't as good as Adult books! In some ways, they can tackle hairy topics with much more directness and grace than adult books do! And as for YA books not having much sex in them, why is that such a problem? There are other things in life and while perhaps it may not be the most realistic for some people's lives, is it really necessary to have in every book, even if it isn't a romance or have any semblance of a in depth romance? Can you tell I love YA? :D Anyway, I just wish people would look past the Young Adult part and just read one of the more complex books the genre has to offer!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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  2. Well put, Carrie - and Laura. I've My favorite genres are YA, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi - all of which I've taken grief for because as a librarian I should read "more respectable" books. Whether they know it or not those age groups/ genres offer plenty.

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  3. I don't understand how people can judge a book just because of its genre. I, myself, am up for reading any genre. My favourite genre is dystopia and my least favourite genre is fantasy, but that doesn't mean that every dystopian book I read I'm going to love and every fantasy book I read I'm going to hate. Nor do I only read dystopia or avoid reading fantasy. If presented with the choice between a book with dystopian elements or a book with fantastical elements, I would likely choose the dystopian one, but it just all depends. There are some really good fantasy books that I can get really into and there are some dystopias that I very much dislike.

    My point is that I don't think books should be judged merely on their genre and people should definitely not be judged for what type of books they like to read!

    --Sam @ Sharing Inspired Kreations

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    1. I agree with you! No one should judge a book just by genre. They are missing out on some good books if they do.

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  4. This is why age banding was so controversial when it was introduced years ago. People were worried that readers would choose not to read books based on the recommended age, even though that's usually just a minimum and typically refers to vocabulary and syntax, usually less so content.

    I really think most people like to feel superior, though. Romance and other genre fiction is seen as less intellectual than literary fiction. Being able to tell someone that your romance habits are superior to their YA habits might be reassuring to some people.

    I think, though, that even if someone truly believes YA is for "children" then they still have no business questioning an adult in that section. The adult could be a teacher, a librarian, or a parent. They could be buying a gift. Why embarrass yourself by insinuating that teachers and parents shouldn't be aware of what their students and children are reading?

    --Krysta @ Pages Unbound

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    1. You make a great point. An adult could very well be searching for a book for their child or students.

      Also sadly that's true. People always want to feel superior and that's probably all this woman was trying to do with me. It's still sad. I hate how certain genres are considered 'better' than others. Silly.

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  5. This sort of thing has definitely happened to me too, and the upsetting thing is that it's sometimes been friends who have made comments about YA being for kids. I think it's ridiculous for people to write off an entire genre 'because the main character is young' - it's like any other genre. Some YA books are great, some are not so great, but people who 'won't read YA' are really missing out. Great post! :)

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! I agree with you completely. YA is just like any other genre. It's got some great reads and some duds.

      Thank you <3

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  6. I'm 43 and I still read YA. Don't feel bad! I would just say, "No thanks. I prefer YA," and don't let them lead you away! (I know, easier said than done!)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I wish I could be that bold! I've been told I'm way too meek and sadly it's true lol

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  7. I get where you are coming from. Even though I'm the demographic for YA, when I talk to people about books I can sometimes tell they don't think I'm reading "great literature" because it is young adult. Just because something isn't a classic doesn't mean it doesn't have literary merit. It's always the worst when people ask about what I'm reading, especially when I am reading YA fantasy. I always explain the plot and no matter who it is, they always just kind of laugh it off and sometimes even make fun of the book. I just want people to understand that no matter the genre or age demographic, every book has literary merit. And just because I'm reading about dragons doesn't mean that the book isn't good, you know? As you can tell, I have some big issues with how looked down upon YA is, even as a young adult myself.

    Amazing post!
    Genni @ Ready, Set, Read!

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    1. Yes! I agree with you. Just because it's not a classic doesn't mean it's bad. I hate when people do that! Why do they even ask what we are reading if they are going to snub or laugh or whatever at us? So not cool.

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  8. I agree with you! I hate it when people make these assumptions that YA books are for a younger audience. I mean, look at the Hunger Games for example. That was pretty violent for a YA crowd and yet, it was a pretty successful series for what it is!

    Here’s my discussion topic on Reading Slumps...YUCK!...How do you get out of them? !

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  9. I have to admit that I'm in the category of disliking a lot of YA fiction. But, I wouldn't ever assume a reader is less advanced or immature because they want to read YA. Don't get me wrong, I have read some YA books that I have loved. But, most of the time, I can't stand the teen drama and angst. The stuff that some characters worry about just isn't important to me. I can't relate to their problems. But, that's a personal preference, and it isn't for a bookstore clerk to tell you what you should or shouldn't read.

    Jen at Books That Hook

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