|A taste of my daily vacation.|
I pulled this from Cassandra Clare’s website. I found such truth in it, I wanted to share. There is also a neat link in there for Jonathan Strahan if you are interested.
“— Definition by Garth Nix. Love it!”
This has always rang true to me, even before I joined the brave and imaginative YA author pool. I read in several places early in my writing education that YA is ‘for ages 12-18′. Well, I beg to differ, and apparently I’m not the only one.
First of all, when I read this statistic, I thought 12 was awfully young to be reading YA novels. These days, YA is one of the hottest genres, if not the hottest genre out there. The content in YA books varies from what I would consider ‘rated G’ to ‘rated R’. Usually the they settle in between, in the ‘rated PG13′ range. I don’t think I would allow my 12 year old to read even my novels, considering the violence, language and romance that is incorporated into my books. That being said, 18 is not the age that readers lose interest in YA novels either. I am 26 years old. I continue to read and write YA novels. It’s where my passion lies. Readers from various age group walk into their local book store or skim through their e-reader, looking for new and fresh stories in the YA genre.
This is also why it’s so difficult to get published when you are writing int he YA genre. There are hoards of competition. Nevertheless, when a good plot and riveting characters are developed, people respond. This continues to be true for every indie author or traditionally published author out there. If your story stinks or your characters fall flat, your reader will crinkle their nose and put your book down in favor of watching a re-run of Friends.
So if you are not between the ages of 12-21, are you even allowed to read YA books? Ha! I don’t think I need to answer such an obtuse question. YA books are imaginative, riveting, romantic and intriguing. They tear you out of your mundane daily routine and throw you into an entirely different world where werewolves and pixies lurk in the forest, where vampires seek shelter in abandoned buildings until night falls, where shadow hunters keep underworlds in line, where Riyata battle to protect their sacred stone, where a cursed soul seeks for reckoning, where the unreal and unpredictable stand at the forefront and everything dreary and insipid is left in the dust. This is why people of every age love YA novels, because they take you somewhere else entirely. And don’t we all strive to ‘get away’ sometimes? Reading, for me, is like a daily vacation. I don’t need a tropical beach or an isolated cabin to feel at peace. All I need is a steaming cup of Maharaji Oolong Chi tea, a quiet room with decent lighting and a fat book that I can’t put down in risk of the characters poking at my mind all night or making an appearance in my dreams.
The YA genre has spread like wild fire into every demographic. I am a victim of the blaze and if you are reading my blog, then so are you.