AGAIN, Again I wake up log in to twitter and see a horrible article critiquing and slandering Young Adults books, Authors, and Publishers in this industry. Why is all this hate around? What is going on?
Lets start from the top *deep breath* Tes is a site for Teachers, a network that helps you search for roles, inspiration for class lessons, and the latest news.
Joe Nutt just published an article feature this as its first line:
“I’ve drafted an outline for a bestselling young adult novel. It features a transgender school dropout with autism who meets a self-harming vampire with a heart of gold, hell-bent on bringing peace to the world. Together they embark on a magical quest to find an ancient crystal with the power to render all weapons useless. Oh, and the protagonist’s mother makes a living selling legal highs to illegal immigrants.”
I’m sorry but if that’s not the example for condescending I don’t know what is.
I was outraged that this was allowed to be published on a literary website, I understand the idea behind more kids should read classics, gosh I read classics as a teen and YA BUT why can’t we have both?
Slamming young adult books as the equivalent to a trashy magazine from the grocery store and starting an article basically pronouncing that having a trans-gendered kid with Autism as our main MC is wrong. I understand it is exaggerated to suit the point the author wanted to make but I don’t even care about that, because seriously if I want to read about Transgender kids with autism, or Vampires that self harm
Hello Vampire Academy dig I will, and I will enjoy it!
If this helps teenagers cope then why critique and belittle people for it? Not everyone can come home from school, their part-time job, chores, homework, and crack open some Sophocles and Shakespeare for their personal down time.
The thing I really want to say and point out is the YA books that have helped me through Adult life and continue to help me grow and open my eyes to others issues and glean some hope that someone else felt what I was feeling even if it is in a fictional tale.
Looking for Alaska (mild spoilers for the plot, be warned.)
I know this book is a bit controversial, some people love it some hate it. This book features a suicide and a character that deals with all the feeling of what happens after they lose a friend.
I lost one of my best friends to suicide around the time I read this and everything that was described in this book was so spot on with my feelings that it helped me overcome some anger and sadness I was feeling.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A book that deals with the anxiety of starting university, the struggle with having a bi-polar father and a Mother that walked away from them at a young age. All life lessons that multiple people are able to relate to and help young adults with their problems every where.
These are just two books in my life that have helped me through some real Adult issues and I reject the statement that YA can’t teach valuable life lessons.
There are so many books that touch on and deal with important issues that it’s such a shame for someone to even think this statement:
“If I were a publisher I would be asking some serious questions about the cultural value and validity of the young adult fiction agents are peddling. I would be asking them where are those vital books for teenagers that introduce them to the real, adult world?”
The Article also mentions that there isn’t enough selection for nonfiction for Young adults but there really is (whether schools are stocking these is another question as I haven’t been in highschool for a good few years)! There are wonderful non-fiction books being released every year and if you’re looking for some NEW non fiction look no further:
Plus there are so many great classics that remain relevant and will continue to do so through the ages that help teens learn and grow just like there is so many YA and MG books of importance: Holes, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Once, Anne Frank, To Kill A Mocking Bird, Green Mile etc… All these books taught me the importance of life no matter if they had a boy wizard, a Greek god, or a true person as their main character.
What I really want to say is; can we please stop slandering the Young Adult industry? Are people writing these judge mental and condescending articles just to get a bit of the spot light? The whole ‘controversy will make me famous?’ Where are your priorities? With the Authors and Publishing companies? or on how much anger you can spark making your article get the most ‘hits?’
This article could have been about the importance of Non fiction in schools rather than the idea that YA is horrible and causing our generations to fill their head with “unreal” ideals.
Thank you to all my Fellow YA readers, everyone that’s ever learnt from a YA book, all the YA Authors, and publishers allowing amazing and educational books to be fun and accessible to younger readers. Also Thank you to everyone that reads classics and non fiction, what ever your reading choices they’re spectacular and any book has the ability to influence someone for the better.