Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. This week’s topic was suggested by Sam @ River Moose Books and is What Makes You Continue Picking Up YA/Middle Grade? Or Why Don’t You?
As adults some of us leave YA/Middle Grade behind and some of us continue to revel in it…but what separates us as readers? If you still pick up YA/Middle Grade, what draws you to them instead of Adult Fiction?
I am in the camp of someone in their 20s who still reads both young adult and middle grade. I think I still prefer to read them for multiple reasons. Although I read far more young adult than middle grade, I still find myself picking up middle grade from time to time. They’re often series that I loved as a child and want to go back to read more installments that have since been published or just to reread my favorites. I’m always amazed at how much development middle grade has, especially since they tend to be shorter books. I also don’t think books have an age limit. As long as you enjoy it, that’s all that matters!
Firstly, I think I’m drawn to young adult because I relate to the characters more. Although I’m old enough to live on my own, I’ve chosen to remain with my parents and sibling for the time being so I can’t relate to some of the struggles that adult fiction portrays such as dealing with relationship issues with a spouse, taking care of a family or raising a child, running a household, and so on. When I do read adult fiction, I tend to avoid contemporary novels because of the aforementioned themes and prefer to read historical fiction, fantasy, or cozy mysteries.
Secondly, I’m a sucker for the teen angst angle. I love struggles and conflict in books. I love the coming-of-age feel and the metamorphosis of becoming who you’re meant to be that young adult has. The adult fiction I’ve read often lacks this because they’re already settled into life and are more confident typically, even if we don’t always feel like this as actual adults ourselves.
Lastly, I think a large benefit to being into young adult is the community is huge. There are always people available to talk to about the book you’re reading. I know this is true for all book genres, but I feel like young adult readers are especially enthusiastic and happy to make connections with other readers. I really love the spirit of the YA/NA community and love being a part of it.