Hello all! Hopefully you’ve got your tea (or drink of your choice) and ready for another discussion post. Just by looking at my blog for a few minutes, it’s obvious that I love and read mostly YA books. Throughout my time of talking about books on the internet, I’ve discovered that some people seem to have a stigma against the YA subsection. It’s terrible to have a stigma against any book without a valid reason, but today I want to discuss why I will always defend young adult books.
WHAT IS THE “YA” SUBSECTION?
Ah, I’m so glad you asked. Let’s take a moment to discuss what makes a book fall into the YA category. I have never felt that it is the targeted age of the audience, even though that’s what many people appear to believe. For example, my mother still actively buys and reads picture books, and adores them (even though both her children will soon be adults).
I have always believed that books are separated into MG vs. YA vs. Adult based on the age of the protagonist. For something to be considered a young adult book, I like to think ages 17-20 are the sweet spot. Although, there is no official age range that I’m aware of.
THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST
YA Books Aren’t As Developed As Other Books
Let me stop you right there. This argument is so annoying, because it is so far from the truth. I have read young adult books that are a million times more developed than adult counterparts. Yes, not every single book in the subsection is without flaws, but that applies to every single subsection or genre of books.
I Don’t Want To Read From the Perspective of a Teenager
Yeah, that’s a you problem. Don’t be so close minded, and expand your world. You’ll thank me for it eventually.
They Don’t Deal With “Real World” Issues
I have read countless amounts of YA books that have a fictional world working WAY better than Earth. Also, young adult books most definitely tackle real world issues head on. Take a look at For Today I Am A Boy by Kim Fu which tackles stigma against the trans community, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas which highlights the Black Lives Matter movement, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas which shines the light on the issues of abusive relationships, and even Harry Potter which shows the true power of love and friendship.
Books like these give teenagers a voice so their opinions may be heard, and it also allows them to educated themselves on various topics in an entertaining method.
WHY I WILL FIGHT TO MY DEATH FOR YA BOOKS
Why would I not want to fight for YA books to get the respect they deserve? There are so many fantastic books out there in the YA subsection that are well developed, have amazing characters, work towards spreading more diversity, send powerful messages, and entertain someone. I don’t care how old you are, every single person should be able to enjoy whatever type of book they want to read without judgement.
I won’t lie, sometimes I will avoid reading my current young adult book out in public, because I don’t anyone to judge me on what I’m reading. Isn’t that terrible? I absolutely despise the fact that this even occurs to me, but this is something that has always bothered me. It took me a while to actually come up with the reason why I didn’t read much in public, and now that I have… I hate the reason.
I don’t know why this stigma developed against YA books, but I truly hope it will dissipate over time. This subsection gives voices to those who may not other be heard, it creates relatable stories for people in their awkward “not-a-teen-not-an-adult” stage, and it could allow for older readers to reflect on those years. For some it doesn’t even have to relate to age, it just creates a bunch of new fantastic books to read.
So even if I do move past my love for YA in the future, I will never stop defending the books themselves because there is always another person in my current position.
I hope that you will continue (or start) to defend them with me!
Why do you think a stigma against young adult books developed? What do the words “young adult” mean to you in terms of books? Any other thoughts? Please d0 share them with me, I love talking with you all!