In We love YA!, a fellow YA-lover is featured and is asked to answer the following questions: Why do you love YA? What are some of your favorite YA books? What can you say to encourage other people to read YA? At end of which, readers are requested to recommend books based on the featured person’s answers.
I’m posting this today because I’m planning to post a Want Books meme tomorrow. I noticed that I mostly do memes on weekends – Retro Friday, We Love YA, Want Books and In My Mailbox. If you haven’t seen the other We Love YA! features, click here to view them all. I met Bluemoon over at Goodreads because we’re both members of the Filipinos and YA Fiction for Adults groups over there. Both of us are members of Filipino Book Bloggers and co-contributors in the YA newsletter, YA, Y Not? So as you can see, we pretty much interact with each other in various group discussions. Bluemoon is a Filipino who lives in Canada and her favorite bookstore is Chapters. She also has a blog called My Bibliophile Lobe. I hope to meet up with her when she goes on vacation in the Philippines in 2012!
Why do you love YA?
So YA? I think I love YA because it still tries to embody the innocence of middle grade novels and at the same time there is still a rebellious streak that keeps many adults interested. It’s hard to explain really, but what I mean is that YA novels give you the right amount of love, gore, hate, rebelliousness, death, peace, action, romance, etc. without it being overdone or underdone. Middle school novels give you a peck on the cheek, while an adult novel (for better lack of words) gives you the full-blown love scene. YA novels give you a peck on the cheek, a little mouth and maybe an undying proclamation of love. So you get the flutter and the butterflies just as much as with the adult novels. OR middle school novels give you the knife and the blood, while the adult novels provide readers with the bone-crunching action and the gory details of the decapitation at the end. YA give you the sword/ gun fights, maybe a death or two, but minus the gruesome, very detailed accounts of the murders.
What are some of your favorite books/series/authors?
There are many YA novels that I LOVE, but I think my top choices will have to be The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling, The Darkest Power Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong, The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Pendragon Series by D.J MacHale and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
What can you say to encourage other people to read YA?
How can I encourage people to read? No way really to encourage them. Buy them a book, pray that they will read it and hope that they will love it. No sense of pushing people to read books if it’s not within them to read. I think the more you push the more they turn away. But wouldn’t it be great if everyone tried to read at least one book.
Thanks for your answers, Bluemoon! I love the analogies that you used and I would have to agree. YA has the right amount of everything – romance, action and adventure. As for recommendations… *rubs hand eagerly* Here’s my chance to pressure you to read the books that I’ve been recommending for the longest time! You need to read Catching Fire soon because Mockingjay is due to come out in August. Also, I know you really liked The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, so why not read the rest of her books? There are three other books in the Queen’s Thief series and they’re even better than The Thief. You know I always go on and on about this series. 😛 I also know you like urban fantasy so if you want something new, check out the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews starting with Magic Bites. The series isn’t YA but I have a feeling you’ll still like it.
What about you, dear readers, what books do you recommend for Bluemoon? 🙂