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Friday, October 12, 2012
12:00 AM | Posted by Maureen | | Edit Post
Another blog sparked by a discussion with the Bosun…
I’m not a fan of YA and how it has been so incredibly embraced by adult readers.
*ducking thrown bottles, daggers and refuse
Hear me out! I know I’m dancing the dagger’s edge of heresy with saying this, but really! I’m gonna leap into the precipice and invite some Friday controversy…
YA is a mediocre way for adults to indulge in fantasy without actually reading the BIG books.
Yeah, I know most of the YA stuff is big as far as word count is concerned. And they deal with big issues and growing up is the biggest issue of all and…
But…I can’t see it. I just can’t.
Maybe I’m a snob. It happens…we all have the lines we draw in the sand. For some it’s Michael Keaton playing Batman, or Fonzie jumping over a shark on Happy Days. For me, it’s the rush to embrace the YA stuff.
I mean, I’ve written some younger characters, not just my beloved active silvertons. The Pirate Circus has two kids in it! One a real kid and one a young adult who faces a massive change by the end of the book. So, I’m not a coward when it comes to writing kids. In my neverending pirate series, I have several younger characters…
But honestly, people! With so many fabulous books of adventure and growth out there, why only read the burgeoning adulthood ones? I don’t get it… I remember that time of my life without a whole lot of excitement. Hormones, social pressures, body issues… Nothing I don’t deal with right now! But it was all full of so much drama then…as YA is now.
Something that comes with age, perhaps, is the refusal to indulge in drama. The challenges thrown at us might be exciting, they might be exhausting or exhilarating…but full of drama? Not so much. I’m glad to leave drama behind…
So why would I want to read it in a YA book? Give me escapism and a chance to be an adult hero in my imagination… The thought of stepping into the head of a YA girl, even if she does have a real cool bow in her hand, is… *shudder!
Drama…eck! Adventure? Bring it on!
I’m ready, throw the rocks…I am likely a YA snob. But indulge me…do I have a point? Is there a difference between drama and adventure in your mind? What book titles come to mind if you consider the difference? Or movies?