Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by the amazing Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion! This week’s topic is The Popularity of YA. Interesting, huh? Kudos to Ruqs @ Many Things (Not Just) Bookish for suggesting such a great topic!
This is my first time doing Let’s Talk Bookish, so I hope I do okay!
I shall now uncork the bottle of my thoughts and shower it over this blank page…
Hopefully my thoughts have manifested well on this page!
I do like reading in this genre, and there are many fantastic YA novels out there. I enjoy how YA tries to bridge the gap between the genres of MG (middle grade) and Adult. These days, it’s increasingly difficult to find books and even films and TV shows that are at a near perfect point between MG and Adult. YA books are also great ways to promote more diverse casts and raise awareness of social and global issues.
I think that was the original intent of YA. However, I feel that currently, more of it is inclined toward the Adult genre, relying too heavily on mature language and terms to strengthen the story. I feel that this is not the right way to go about the YA genre. Some readers like myself are flocking to it in the hopes of finding books that are at our age level and interesting, but are disappointed by the overdose of maturity we are presented with. I’m sure we all have differing opinions on this, but these are mine.
Early this August, I read The Henna Wars, and was blown away by its storytelling, character dynamics, and how it tackled so many important issues in a friendly-to-teen way. I hope more YA books (namely, contemporaries) can address essential topics while still keeping a light tone and appropriate content. I tend to be a very picky reader, and I almost always choose substance over style (this does not mean I don’t want style at all, but I want more substance than style). I tend to enjoy novels with strong themes and thought provoking questions than books that are more bubbly and cheesy. And I feel that this set of standards can be really well done by YA books, because the authors are mainly speaking to readers who are in the age of growing up, learning about themselves and the world, and beginning to shape into an adult.
YA contemporary, fantasy, romance, and dystopian are all skyrocketing genres. Look no further than The Hunger Games, Divergent, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. This is not a bad thing — after all, I read The Hunger Games and it was an interesting read. However, with the genres of romance and some high level fantasy, sometimes inappropriate content is explored far too much for the book to ever be called YA. I’m mainly talking about romance on more toxic levels. Sure, as a reader, you could just skip that part of the book, but the fact that it’s there and might accidentally be stumbled upon by younger eyes remains.
Thus, I feel that other genres can be a much safe route for YA. Personally, I enjoy sci-fi best, but it does sometimes get rather heavy and dense. Certain contemporaries can be excellent, and some historical fiction can be profound. I haven’t read lots of mysteries yet, but the few I’ve read so far seem pretty good — of course, there may be violence and such, so it’s best to choose wisely!
YA transcends the age barrier in some ways. I think that it would be perfect for adults, but not necessarily so for younger readers, even if they are mature. Several websites and book bloggers out there include content/trigger warnings when reviewing novels, which I think is a great way to help readers determine the types of tropes and content they are comfortable with.
Before I sign off, I’ll end on a lighter note!
Maggie, one of my wonderful new blogger friends, designed the collage below for me! Isn’t it pretty? If you haven’t already, please check out her blog and give her a follow. She’s so sweet and amazing!!
So…that’ll be all for today! I hope you were able to relate to some of the content from this post. If not, please keep this a friendly and respectful environment! I understand my opinions may differ from yours, and I respect that, so please do the same for me.