Young Adult definitely seems to be ‘trendy’ at the moment. Katie Crouch explained why she wanted to write YA (basically cause its not that hard *eyeroll*), there is a brand new movie titled Young Adult coming from the makers of Juno that stars Charlize Theron (the basic plot is YA authors are rich and immature), and a sickening number of celebrity books for the YA crowd (Hillary Duff, Tyra Banks, 50 Cent). What all of these people (and those who publish them) need to understand is that YA isn’t a place where you can make a quick buck. Teens are not as impressionable as you may think, and they see through you completely when you are trying be cool for the sake of cool (trust me I said waddup at teen book club and it wasn’t pretty).
Sure there are tons of adults reading YA now much to the disdain of literary snobs everywhere but there are good reasons to why adults turn to these types of stories. We all lived through a childhood, we all came of age and revisiting those moments in our lives through literature is a fabulous form of escapism and entertainment. Combine all that with the fact that a lot of today’s YA has smart plot, great writing and is character focused you have your reasons to why adults are reading Young Adult.
I like a good litfic, chicklit, romance book now and then, but if I was faced with having to read the over indulgent prose over and over again I wouldn’t be a very good reader or blogger. With YA you are seeing genre after subgenre explored with the same coming of age plot in a myriad of different ways. In the space of a year I can read dystopia, science fiction, chicklit, literary, horror, thriller, and historical books that are all plot driven. Sure YA has a lot of books that are written full of trope like all literary genres do.
So I get that it is profitable and totally trendy right now, but if you aren’t in it with blood, sweat, and tears, if it isn’t your passion, you probably aren’t going to be as profitable as those who are doing it for the love of teen writing. So stop sipping on that ‘wow those are great numbers’ kool-aid, or snobbing those of us who read below our grade level.
Finally, to those authors who are doing it right, you have my upmost adoration and I will champion your books as much as humanly possible.