Well I just realized it’s 11 o’clock, I didn’t write a word, and it’s past time for bed. Hope your writing day was more productive.
Do you read the NY Times? I don’t usually unless something catches my eye. This caught my eye: It’s in the Opinion Pages and it’s called: The Power of Young Adult Fiction. Several figures in the literary world talk about different aspects of the Young Adult fiction phenomenon. Yeah, there’s a YA phenomenon, didn’t you know? With the wild success of first Harry Potter, then the Twilight series (no, I haven’t read it yet…), and now The Hunger Games, people are baffled – apparently – as to why adults are suddenly so enamored of Young Adult literature. This guy – Joel Stein – writes that Adults Should Read Adult Books. Now I don’t always get other people’s humor – possibly because mine can be so off-base – so I’m hoping he’s joking when he says that the only time he’s “[…] O.K. with an adult holding a children’s book is if he’s moving his mouth as he reads. ” I appreciate that there’s a lot of amazing fiction written for adults but not all of it’s amazing and not all of amazing fiction is in the adult section.
The interesting thing about YA literature is that a lot of it is surprisingly mature. And at one conference I was at, I think it was an agent who said that one difference between adult lit and YA lit is that adult lit is plot-based, and YA lit is story-based. Interesting distinction and one I totally agree with. Well I don’t care: I like a lot of YA lit, and I did before it became a genre (think Robin McKinley’s The Hero and the Crown and Lois Lowry’s The Giver). I hope that one day Joel Stein – if he wasn’t kidding – discovers the amazing worlds in YA literature. Until then, I’ve got ’em covered.