When someone asks me about what books do I like to read, the inevitable response is Young Adult. Most people’s reaction is an amused looks that seems to say: “but you are NOT a young adult”. Indeed, I am not. Why then do I like to read these books so much? What is it about the YA genre that I love so?
I always seem to be at a loss for words when the question arises, but let me attempt to answer it here. I’ve always been an avid reader. I am the type of nerd that read all of her ‘summer reading’ during the first few weeks of summer. I pestered my mom to take me to the book store, and then beg for books instead of toys. Later, when I stared working I did a weekly trip to get books of my own. In my adulthood I started reading romances, with a specific interest in historical romance; this is a genre that I still enjoy but don’t read as much.
I think my fascination with YA stared with two specific series: Harry Potter and Twilight. For very different reasons I adore these two series, the adventure, the fantasy, the magic, the possibility of the impossible. I love that moment that reminds us of the feelings of finding our soul mate. I remember the angst that goes hand in hand with being a teenager, the trials of high school and college. I revisit the moments in which true friendship was a lifeline. I enjoy all of these things in a ‘clean’ way. Even when the stories delve into the magical, the fantastical or the horrific, like many dystopia or tales of abuse, I find that the human soul is so strong, so hard to break, that goodness is something that will never be lost, despite the age of the characters.
You should also keep in mind that, for the most part, young adult books are written by adults. I know that it’s easy to lose track of that fact, because these amazing authors, that were also young adults themselves, have such an outstanding insight into the soul of the young men and woman for which they write. They are true artists and crafter of words that rightly deserve the celebrity status that they have gained. YA is not only “in” right now, it is here to stay.
Do you read young adult? Why or why not? What is your favorite thing about it? Do you think it is a fad that will eventually fade?