Chasing Ray has links to the latest YA versus Adult smackdown, this time within the science fiction world.
Click thru to Chasing Ray for all the links and quotage; per usual, there is the standard lack of a definition of YA, defining YA as something it is not, referencing what one did as a teenager and then using one's own experience as evidence of a some universal norm that the world should follow in terms of what one does and does not read; etc., etc.
I just want to throw a few things out there.
I read a lot of sf/f as a kid, both stuff written for kids (I adored H.M. Hoover), teens (what was out there) and adult stuff. As I've written elsewhere, as I got older, I stopped reading sf/f.
Why? Well, cover jackets like the one in the article saying "we don't need no YA" is one reason.
Another? I didn't much like the adult sf/f I was reading. For a variety of reasons.
After reading Harry Potter, I realized there was still good sf/f out there, and returned to the sf/f written for kids and teens. And I haven't given adult sf/f a second try (outside of some horror or the like; stuff that isn't really sf/f).
Oh, maybe a handful of adult titles that I read for the GSTBA, and the adult sf/f books I got assigned always were the ones that had made me stop reading: books in endless series, books that were way too long, and authors that were in too in love with their characters and worlds (it was much like spending a time with a parent who is convinced their darling child is smart, charming, and talented...perhaps for a half hour, yes, but not for seven hours).
Ha! That is the challenge to the adult sf/f readers out there: can you give me a standalone book that is less than 300 pages? If so, I'll read add it to my post-Printz reading.
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