Cannonball thunder sounded in my ears, sneaking in through the window beside which I sat. The lights flickered. The rain poured down so thick that individual drops were indecipherable. I opened my window to let in the full sound of the storm and let it calm me during my long day of work.
It occurred to me that I needed to let myself blow up for a minute and in a storm of words, rant. This is not a rant in which I illogically banter about a passion of mine, though some may disagree, but one in which I completely eradicate all those with another point of view. Okay, so it’s basically the same thing, but I like to think I’m being reasonable.
Young Adult Literature: to read or not to read? In the world of Literature this question is one of the most common. A great number of people, many of whom have studied English, hate on it. Simply hate on it altogether.
Okay, keep in mind that I write Young Adult Literature, so my opinion is biased, but someone has to present the facts.
You might have noticed that the word “literature” pops up in the title. Just thought I’d point out the irony. So, obviously, someone somewhere on some Englishy literature council of whom I should probably know the name, decided that it counted as literature. That’s great and all, but why was that the decision?
Now, let’s delve into the reasons they may have done so, and some arguments against it.
Young adult readers, a vast majority of whom are teenagers, tend not to have an extensive vocabulary, and hence, young adult books tend to stick to simpler words.
But this isn’t always true. If you look at any of John Green’s novels, for instance The Fault in Our Stars, the vocabulary was that of an adult novel.
Either way, the definition of literature does not discuss vocabulary, or even sophistication, which may or may not always relate to vocabulary.
The definition is as such:
“: written works (such as poems, plays, and novels) that are considered to be very good and to have lasting importance
: books, articles, etc., about a particular subject
I have gotten the question, does young adult literature deal with different themes? The answer is no. It simply tells of the themes differently. It may withhold gruesome descriptions or constant cursing, but I cannot think of anything else it avoids.
Yes, the subject revolves around Young Adults, and may be the only real defining element to Young Adult Literature.
But who’s to say that Young Adult’s can’t reveal as much or more about you than other adults? More often than not, people find that this happens.
Overall quality is entirely subjective. I realize this.
If you take a general consensus, it will reveal that many adults don’t like young adult books because they think they are poorly written. I can agree with them, sometimes. There are many, many poorly written young adult novels. But there are also those that shine above the others, and those, well, those have been some of the best books I’ve ever read.
THE POINT IS…
Young Adult Literature is still literature, and if you don’t like it, it’s just a genre you don’t like just like I don’t enjoy other genres, but that doesn’t make it lesser. I may dislike crime novels in general but that doesn’t mean I haven’t read some great ones. So, do not discount books or authors if they are young adult. They may surprise you.