Appalled and a Little Offended

I just read the most judgmental and appalling article I have read in a long time.

I’m not going to share it here, because I am NOT going to spread the word for this person who dares call herself a writer.  And anyway, most of you have probably read it; I have no doubt I am way behind the times here, as usual.

She stakes the claim that adults should not be reading YA fiction.

And it’s not just that the opinion itself is objectionable and downright annoying.

The style of the article takes an extremely offensive tone, as if it is the writer’s goal is to shame adults everywhere into immediately putting down their YA novels.  And the phrases used to describe adults who read YA are intentionally offensive and in some cases cruel, not to mention categorically inaccurate.

If THIS is what writing has come to, God help us all.  The woman groups both the genre and its readers into categorically untrue descriptions.

I’ve seen it addressed very casually.  “It’s her opinion; I disagree.”  But personally I am deeply offended by some of the phrases and statements she uses and the attributes she accuses adult YA readers of possessing.

I’m also left with the inevitable thought that she’s writing for the niche of adults that she “accuses” of reading all this YA fiction, and she’s jealous that all of her “rightful business” *cough*sarcasm*gag*cough* is going to writers like Stephenie Meyers and John Green.

If you ask me, you can take writing and being an author one of two ways:

1. You can write what you love and enjoy being the writer of what you love. Do your best at marketing, take your sales, and keep working hard.

2. Figure out what everyone is reading and write that. Do your best at marketing, take your sales, and keep working hard.

If you are truly a professional, neither situation allows you to judge and condemn people for what they are reading. Reading is a very personal thing, and if you don’t understand that, then I challenge the notion that you are truly a reader OR a writer.

4 comments for “Appalled and a Little Offended

  1. June 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    I’m not sure if “The Hunger Games” series qualifies as YA fiction, but I know for a fact that not only YAs were reading (and watching) that trilogy. My mom (62 years old) was the one who got me interested in them, and then I spread the word and convinced my dad (63 years old) to read them, my sister (who hasn’t finished a book in years), and my husband (who never reads). None of us are YAs, and we loved the books.
    I agree with you. If you enjoy a style of storytelling, read it. Write it. I think it was C. S. Lewis who was quoted as saying, “No book is really worth reading at age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty.” 🙂

    • June 10, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      I have never seen that quote but love it! The Hunger Games series is one of the best examples of technically YA fiction that is important for everyone to read.

  2. June 7, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Oh amen to that! I’m a grown up and I read lots of YA. There’s this weird trend going on in the world right now where you try to shame readers. I don’t care for it much.

  3. June 7, 2014 at 10:49 am

    You have many good points here.
    Leslie

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