Check out this article – Young adult lit comes of age. I got the link from one of my Goodreads groups and it was posted under the thread “Why do people look down on children’s/YA books?”
But increasingly, adults are reading YA books with no ulterior motives. Attracted by well-written, fast-paced and engaging stories that span the gamut of genres and subjects, such readers have mainstreamed a niche long derided as just for kids.
I’m really glad that YA is getting the distinction it deserves. It’s such an incredible genre with a wide array of choices. It’s no wonder my TBR keeps on expanding. Now the Goodreads thread and the article made me think – I’ve never really experienced that people look down on me because of what I read. Maybe because a lot of my friends don’t read and all they know is that I like to read, they have no idea that I like fantasy or YA. I think only a handful of people know the kind of books that I like. Most of my friends don’t even read my blog because they say it’s mostly about books and they won’t be able to relate. The friends that I have who like to read also read YA and fantasy from time to time so I think they understand why I like it so much. Although I do have a good friend who calls YA books “snacks” and other novels “full meals”.
You know the saying don’t judge a book by its cover? I guess the same goes for readers, don’t judge a reader by his/her books. We all have different tastes and that is reflected on book choices. Even with book lovers who generally like the same genre will still feel differently about certain books. I’ve experienced being disappointed in books that were highly recommended by people who like the same kind of books that I do. Sometimes it also depends the reader, like on his/her mood and on the kind of books that he/she knows. I mean come on, there was a time when I didn’t know any better and my reading was comprised of Sweet Valley and Babysitter Club books. Thank goodness an aunt took pity on me and gave me my first two Newbery-awarded books. After that, I began collecting as many Newbery books as I could.
But maybe that’s just me. I’d love to hear what other people think. Do you judge other people based on what they read? Do you get judged based on what you read?