Hi Guys * big waves* so I have a rant… I know it’s a Friday and the weekends here but I’ll go back to happy Casey as soon as I’ve word vomited all over this post.
After reading Cait @ PaperFurys post on Who is the intended audience for YA books (Read it guys, the post is amazing) I was so disappointed about how the article she refers to talks about readers. So I’m sharing my own thoughts on the subject and what types of books I’ve read that I “shouldn’t” have.
You know what I read? What genre I read? Good books. If a book has fantastic characters, real life topics, amazing plot twists, hot romance, scare me stupid horror creatures, plain evil characters, stabbing, kissing, god forbid I’ll even read a love triangle if it’s well written. Why? Because that’s what I, ME, MYSELF enjoys to read.
Do you know why I read mainly YA? Because I like it.
Until I was 18 I didn’t really read YA because I read the same books as my Mum. I didn’t have money for my own books and loved to read Jodi Picoult, Jackie Colins, Karen Rose, Virginia Andrews, Stephen King, True stories, Murder books, Smut AND THE LIST GOES ON.
I read these because they we’re available and fantastic. Now I have a job and pretend to be an “adult” daily I can purchase my own books and I love YA. I don’t love YA because it’s about teenagers and I don’t feel the slightest bit embarrassed to admit that I read YA as an “Adult”, why don’t I feel embarrassed? Because books do NOT have an age limit.
Teenagers can read Adult books, Adults can read middle grade, People can read take away menus for all I care… the main point of this whole “reading” thing is to do something you enjoy.
Sometimes I enjoy a fantastic middle grade read about wizards going to a school to learn magic and defeat villains, sometimes I enjoy some sexy romance that ends in heartbreak and disaster, sometimes I enjoy some bat shit crazy serial killer action.
All genres have their bad and good, there over used tropes and clichés
But you know what else? Sometimes I don’t enjoy any of these because the story was lacking either in character development, badly done tropes, or it just wasn’t my cup of tea. The point is I read what I want, when I want and all books MG,YA,NA, Adult have their good and bad ones.
If I’m 50 years old and want to jump into the world of magic I will. If I’m 50 and want to read a 900 page book featuring a naked fireman on the cover, guess what? I’m going to read it and enjoy it and no article can tell me what I “should” be reading.
Reading has no age limit, no expectations. You do not need permission to read what you enjoy, you do not need to stick to YA just because your 16 and you don’t need to stick to Adult reads just because you’re 30.
If you want to read Twilight READ IT and don’t let anyone bring you down, if you want to read Fifty Shades of Grey? READ IT. Read what you like and enjoy and own it. Remember no matter what your reading there’s someone out there that hated it and someone out there that loved it to bits, the only way to find out if your going to like it is by reading it.
To all the readers out there
Whether your buying a smutty adult romance, a heart breaking true story, A fantasy YA, a horror story, a Middle grade adventure, I thank you.
I thank you for reading, for supporting the publishing industry, for learning more about a sensitive subject, and for being apart of this amazing book community.
It’s YOUR imagination, it’s YOUR fun, and its YOUR past time and no one should be made to feel “somethings seriously wrong with them” for reading out of there “assigned age category” Now please excuse me while I go back to my young adult book and revel in the awesomeness that it contains.
Thank you guys for reading my rants and being the bookish friends that I crave. Thank you for not discriminating against what others read and Thank you for reading your favorite genres and reviewing them so I can add them to my TBR and slowly and happily drown in a sea of to be read books.