What do you read teen fiction?
By Morgan on June 7th, 2011
It’s been a pretty big week for YA.
Things kicked off when The Atlantic published the first of a four-part series on “The Enduring Draw of Young Adult Fiction” a few days ago. (Part 2 tackles diversity in YA and is also worth the read!) From Harry to Katniss to Bella, the piece posits, YA’s hold on adult readers is growing, and their series aims to “discover just what it is about stories poised between the hopes of childhood and the realities of adulthood that make them so popular.”
Then, of course, there’s been lots of controversy over a piece published by the Wall Street Journal last week that accused teen fiction of being “rife with depravity,” which was promptly followed by many response pieces from the likes of Salon and The New Yorker and The Guardian and Publishers Weekly – not mention the myriad authors who penned their own passionate reactions, and a Twitter hashtag, #yasaves, that has continued the conversation.
There’s a lot to sift through in all this, but the gist is: what is the role of YA lit, and are today’s YA trends too “dark” for the teens who read them?
So, yes, it’s been quite a week for YA fans. If you read teen lit, tell us: what do you find in it that makes you keep reading?