Yeah. So there’s no denying that YA and books for teens are where it’s at these days. Everyone’s talking about the Hunger Games series and I bought a copy for my wife.
I started thinking about what makes this stuff so successful and then I started thinking about how much I enjoyed reading as a kid (and about the types of things I liked to read). And then I started to think that maybe why YA books are so big (Twilight, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, etc.) is that people are just craving straight up story telling. It’s pure escapism and reading for the sake of entertainment. Pure and simple.
It makes sense to me. Some of the things I read just bog me down with heavy themes or tricky story structure. It’s nice to read a straightforward, well told story.
And personally, I read so much for my job that when I read in my spare time, I sort of crave something just fun. So yeah, at first I thought it was all hype and cutesyness, but the YA thing… I kinda get it. (Though you’ll never convince me that vampires should sparkle).
What does everyone else think? Love the teen/tween book phenomenon or are you over it?