A brief history of my experience with YA Literature #yalit

Until quite recently I have always been the kind of reader that read what everyone else was reading. I used to be adventurous as a child but when I got into my teen years I just simply read what was popular. There is nothing wrong with reading the books everyone is reading because chances are it is a really good book, but it skewed my reading experience. There was a brief period of my life where all I read was vampire books and I probably missed out on reading other great books for YA readers.

I have once again become an independent reader and because of that I am reading what I want to read. As of late that has been fantasy and historical fiction (if that is even considered a genre). I love reading stories that incorporate magic into an otherwise normal world, or just transports me to a world that is new and exciting. Take a look at my reviews for A Great and Terrible Beauty or Crimson Bound (also my weekly reading responses) to read about some awesome fantasy novels that incorporate a little history and fairy tales (another one of my favorites).

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In response to Shannon Hale’s post The Young Adult Book Tropes that Ate the World, I must say I agree with her. I do not mind reading books that have similar plot lines because not every book is the same and not every character will react the same way. YA books are meant for teens and if an adult doesn’t like the book because of teen situations, then they clearly don’t understand the book wasn’t written for them in the first place. I read young adult books when I was a teen because I could relate and understand the characters. When I wanted something a little more grown up I would read Nicholas Sparks but you could always find me going back to Sarah Dessen when I needed to read about a girl my age experiencing love for the first time. I still read young adult books because sometimes I just want to feel young again and there are some great fantasy YA books being published. I want to teach teens someday about Literature and what better way than to stay up to date about YA literature than reading it myself.

I would like to expand beyond my historical, fairy tale, and fantasy genres to books about teen issues, and maybe dystopia books, maybe. I also really enjoyed reading graphic novels that my friends told me to read but I never really got into them by myself. Overall I just want to make myself stop and look at books that aren’t fantasy.

 

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8 thoughts on “A brief history of my experience with YA Literature #yalit

  1. I did the same thing, and kept trying to read the “grown up” books I thought I should be reading, but always went back to what I love, YA. Specifically, I tend to fall back on fantasy and paranormal, and I don’t usually branch out as much as I probably should. Every once in a while, I crave a good historical fiction too. Have you ever read “Emily Chambers, Spirit Medium,” by C.J. Archer? It combines paranormal and historical fiction elements. I read them a couple years ago, and I remember really liking them!

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  2. I do think it’s easy to fall into a rut with reading and find only books that resemble other books we’ve read and liked. Obviously there’s nothing wrong with that–the point of reading is pleasure, after all. But I do find that there are surprising pleasures to reading outside our comfort zones. I’ve been trying to read more books for grown-ups, and I’m learning so much!

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  3. Growing up is a time for figuring out who you are and what interests you. Many times peers have a huge influence over these. It is great to realize your true interests and not be influenced by what others think. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love your post, especially the part about Shannon Hale’s post. I loved her post to begin with but I’m glad you brought it into your blog. Adults need to let teens be and experience things for themselves. They need to experience life and a good way to do that is to read YA literature! They have a right to get lost in their imagination and personal experiences with books that allow that to happen.

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  5. Carlie,
    I can definitely be guilty of trying to follow the tide like everyone else when it comes to books, but I have learned to stop that (for the most part). Sometimes it can help you discover new things, but for the most part it’s definitely better to go with what you will enjoy and what you’re interested in. You make even be the first to discover the next great series!

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  6. I love the same kinds of books. I am glad you liked “A Great and Terrible Beauty” I have wanted to read it for a long time, but never really was sure if I would like it. I think I will try to get it in this summer.

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