Since I’m 17 and a young adult, I am a huge fan of the Young Adult genre and I read almost exclusively YA. Because of my age, I obviously find it easier to relate to the characters, but I think YA is a genre anyone can enjoy.
Inconsequential drama is FUN!
Most YA books are full of angst and drama because teenagers say and do stupid things sometimes (most of the time :P). It’s entertaining to read, a lot of fun and I love it!
Adults read for entertainment, Young Adults read for experience
Books to me are more than just a source of entertainment – they are a means of experiencing things that I cannot otherwise. As a student, the most I travel is to school and back but by reading, I can travel anywhere, really.
I’ve learnt a lot from reading – about friends and family and people, in general. By reading what characters have done, it’s like a how-to guide on things to do and things to not do around other humans. I also think that I’m a lot more empathetic because of the different kinds of people I’ve read in books.
I’m seventeen and I want to know what other seventeen year olds are doing. A lot, apparently, is what I can tell from the books I’ve read. Harry Potter literally saved the world at my age. What am I doing with my life… *existential crisis*
But seriously though, I live vicariously through the books I read about other teenagers because I have no life. *endless tears*
There are no taboo topics
Teenagers are at the age where they understand more about the world and start to have opinions about things, which is why there are no taboo topics or things that shouldn’t be discussed in YA. I’ve read books with abuse, rape, suicide and a lot of other heavy topics. In adult fiction, these same topics are dealt with differently but in YA you see more of how to deal with tough situations and what should be done, which is important for people my age to know.
A great way of raising awareness
I’d rather read storybooks than textbooks so if you can fit in a biology lesson about mental health and disorders into a book – I’m all for it! YA is geared towards teenagers who are very impressionable and the books we read, the TV shows and movies we watch are the best mediums to get a message through in a way that is impactful.
These are points that I thought up, at the top of my head but I’m sure there are more! Do you like YA? Do you have anything to add to my list? Do you agree with any of these points?