Why Do Adults Gravitate To Young Adult Fiction?
This post generated interesting responses on the elfwriter blog. What is your take?
Have a great weekend,
I believe that more adults are reading the epic fantasy Wycaan Master series than young adults. I know there is a fair proportion of teenagers and even pre-teens reading, but judging by the emails, blog comments, and twitter responses, it is predominately adults. This is all despite the books being written for and with my children, which I describe here. It begs the question why are adults drawn to Young Adult (YA) books?
I found this article by Kelly Johnson. In her post, she debunks the following statements (her words):
1. Our culture encourages an unnatural and prolonged adolescence
2. YA books are escapist since you don’t have to look beneath the surface of them. They are easier to grasp.
3. Adults read YA because they aren’t able to read past a middle school or high school level because adults are getting dumber and dumber.
4. YA books are…
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