Ah, weekends. When I can catch up on reading posts. So, first I read Riddle Me This: The Crappy Parents in YA at lurv a la mode and then I read Angieville's response, The Parents of YA.
Much food for thought there and it got me thinking.
Originally, I was going to do a long post about how since these are books for teens, the point of the books isn't how the adults are presented. Coming of age, autonomy, helicopter parents, some parents are crappy, storytelling devices, point of view, unreliable narrators, history of YA, books with good parents, it's not about the adults, what teens want, why must YA books be about a message/moral/teaching, etc yadda yadda yadda. It was a pretty good post, if I do say so myself.
But then I started thinking about how come adults are like "OMG I cannot believe how adults are in these books" and it got me wondering. Do teenagers ever complain about how teens are depicted in adult books?
Teenagers in some adult books can be complainers; whiners; secretive; combative; antagonistic; immature; demanding; sullen; troublemakers; difficult; unreasonable. From the adult point of view of these books, the tone can be "look, I've done my best as a parent, and look what I have to deal with!"
Teenagers often read adult books, even though they're written for adults. I wonder if they are bothered by how teens are depicted in these books? I remember liking when an author like Stephen King had teenagers realistically depicted; but I think I just ignored those cases where a teen was a plot device in the parent's lives.
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