Today I wanted to talk about the young adult category for the book world. I hesitate to say genre, since you can have a contemporary young adult novel or a paranormal young, the same as you can have an adult paranormal or an adult contemporary, so really calling it a genre doesn't make much sense...
Anyway, back on topic. The more I read, the less I find myself going further and further away from young adult. While I've broadened my horizons quite a bit this year (including historical, fantasy, and sci-fi - go me!), it's been almost exclusively new adult and adult novels. In fact, I think the series I picked up last week has been the first taste of young adult I've had this year. I've enjoyed it, but it has definitely reminded me why I drifted from YA in the first place. I'm counting YA as a book where the protagonist is between the ages of 13 and 17-18.
5. Keepin' it PG-13
This is one of my biggest issues with YA: the censoring. For most YA books (not all, of course), the violence, sex, swearing, ect is diluted to some extent and in some way. Don't get me wrong, I expect that and am totally okay with it when the target audience is in the 15 and under crowd. But for the novels geared towards older teens, it bugs me a bit. The vast majority of 16/17/18 year olds are fully capable of dealing with the stark truth of such matters, and have more than likely experienced some - if not all - of the material censored themselves.
After reading YA, I have the intense desire to dive into the filthiest, smuttiest smut I can get my hands on.
4. High school years aren't fun
I was home schooled and didn't attend a physical high school, but I can fully relate to how difficult the high school/teenage years are. Physical, mentally, emotionally, it is tough, especially before the age of 16 or so. I'm not that far out of the YA target audience myself, and I have no desire to revisit that.
3. 2getha 4 evah
I love romance. Love it. In fact, my last Top Ten Tuesday was 10 reasons I love romance. I want to swoon over a couple, and completely believe in their relationship and commitment. In YA, especially without a paranormal element, I just...don't. There's a constant seed of doubt, a feeling of fleetingness to the relationship, and I don't like it.
2. So much potential!
Some YA novels have the most interesting and unusual plots that just beg you to pick them up. The potential is so deep and amazing in tons of YA, and I'm always so eager to immerse myself in the plot. I usually wind up being a tad disappointed, unfortunately. Either poor characterization, a choppy plot, or fear of going too far holds the story back, and it's frustrating.
1. Love triangles
Okay, this isn't a YA exclusive (unfortunately), but it is far to prevalent there, especially for the paranormal genre. There is nothing, nothing in a book I hate more than a love triangle, either a full blown one or a maybe-maybe-not one. I want to root for one couple, and fall in love with one hero. It infuriates me on every level when it gets split up.
I get the intense urge to throw a book when there's something in the synopsis along the lines of "good friend who's always there for you/mysterious new boy". Even if it doesn't end in a love triangle, it makes me go:
I can think of only one book where a love triangle was believable, well done, and not rage inducing, and it was a YA, believe it or not. Few authors can pull it off, so I wish it wasn't so popular.
Side note: a love triangle (or really, as I understand, just a love shift) is the reason I'm avoiding the sequel to a book I mostly enjoyed earlier this year. *coughACourtOfMistAndFurycough*
So that's it! This is why I've (mostly) quick young adult. What about you? Do you love or dislike YA?