Hi dear friends,
This week I am back with another discussion topic: age and reading genre!
When I talk with colleagues or superiors and tell them that I am a book blogger they expect of me to read “very serious and adult” books.
When I explain that I read romance, their eyebrows go a smidge higher but when I say that I also read lots of YA (Young Adult) books it’s purely and simply incredulity that’s written on their faces!
I ALWAYS have to explain that YA stories are like little jewels and so much better and varied than what we had in our youth, and ….
It seems that since I am way over my teenage years I am expected to read only adult books.
But I don’t think you should only read “books your age”.
Here are my reasons why:
1) I was a teenager once.
Yes , yes I know this is hard to believe! Granted it’s been a long time but I do remember what it was like.
I can relate with the main characters and empathize with their struggle.
I had zits. I was clumsy. I was shy and doubted myself constantly. I also laughed with my girlfriends while admiring boys. Older boys because the others were just silly and annoying.
I ranted against teachers etc.
2) Reading YA books created a bridge with my own kids!
When I read a book in English that I found just brilliant I bought them the French translation and we discussed the book. Often they were “Mom, this is so cool! But tell me that he won’t die!”. At that point I asked them if they wanted spoilers or not LOL
3) YA makes for good debates
Many of these books broach important topics like crowd manipulation (the Hunger Games), racisme (The Hate U Give), homosexuality or bisexuality or … (Radio Silence); abuse (A List of Cages), mental illness (All the Bright Places), harassment (Heart on a Chain), immigration and racisme (A Very Large Expanse of Sea; The Radius of Us), rape (Girl Made of Stars; Speak) etc.
They can help parents talking about these sensitive topics with their kids.
They can show the ugly side of the world but also how you can help others and not turn a blind eye.
4) Reading YA books give me a second youth
When I read I AM the hero or heroine. I live his or her life. I feel young again, energized. Aging and adulting suck! Young people let me tell you: enjoy your time now because later you’ll wish you had more fun.
Reading YA not only helps me to feel younger for some hours but it also helps me stay young of mind!
How would I know the problems of today’s youth if I did not read such books?
5) Most YA books are written by …adults!
So why shouldn’t other adults read them pray tell?
If adults can write them and be believable adults can read them too.
6) School asks of our teenagers to read “adult” books so why are they entitled to read outside of their age range and not us? This is a double standard!!!
I do believe that young people can also read mature books, even books with sex if they feel comfortable with it. Let’s be realistic here folks, our kids see porn on the net and they know for a looong time that babies don’t appear in cabbages or roses.
I’d rather have my kids read a smart and sensitive “adult” book describing explicit sex scenes in a respectful way, highlighting the importance of the feelings than have them binge crude porn on the net.
So if they can read adult books so do adult for YA books!
To conclude I’d say people who never read YA books are missing something and are probably biased. Personally, I feel less like a dinosaur 😀
Now let’s chat! What do you think about reading and blogging outside your age range? Should I just read books about raising your kids and knitting sweater?
Thanks for reading!