The End of YA?

I think Harry Potter and Twilight popularized the YA genre, one which is coveted by many. Readers adamantly defend YA’s depth, maturity, and optimism, themes which many YA proponents claim are not reflected in general fiction. Due to this, many readers opt to read a YA novel over fiction. I was once such a reader, but I have found myself changing.

It started when I came home from college on Fall Break. The prospect of being reunited with my bookshelf was too much to handle. On top of that, I had five whole days with no responsibilities which equated to five interrupted days of reading. Upon getting home, I sat in front of my bookcase for twenty-five minutes attempting to find a book which suited my interests. To my surprise, I picked a regular fiction novel. And then, another fiction novel. And again, another fiction novel. Surprised, I assumed that by Thanksgiving break I would be back in some YA. I wasn’t it. This pattern has seemed to repeat itself with each novel I pick up.

Is this the end of YA for me? I don’t know. What I do know, is that I picked up The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong just recently, a YA novel featuring paranormal elements, and I found the book to be loathsome. To be honest, I am curious. Is this the end of YA for me? Or are my book tastes diversifying? Or am I maturing? To be honest, I don’t know.

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2 thoughts on “The End of YA?

  1. I’ve definitely been reading more fiction than YA fiction the past year, but what I’ve also found is that the YA fiction I have been reading I’ve enjoyed a lot. For me, what it came down to was getting away from the idea of blindly reading books because they happen to be marketed as a certain genre. And just because we’re not enjoying YA books right now, doesn’t mean we can’t come back to them from time to time. Shouldn’t it really just be about reading books that appeal to us at the time?

    • I completely agree! I definitely chose to read many books based off the flashy cover and marketing publishing companies do. I think 2015 will be the perfect year to be more thoughtful of the books I read; I know not all YA out there is terrible. Some of my favorite books are YA. Lately, I have been in quite the YA rut. With my more thoughtful approach to picking books to read, I hope to read more meaningful novels and make me a diverse reader. However, as you said, as long as we are reading, that is the most important thing! Thanks for your comment! 🙂

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