These tweets were posted by Ellen Oh, author of the Prophecy series, on the 21st of February and since then, I've wanted to weigh in on her statements but I just couldn't find the time.
I agree with the idea that she is trying to convey to a certain extent, that is, that YA should not be judged negatively for encompassing a multitude of seemingly immature teenage wants, values and actions. At the same time, however, I firmly believe that, at times, reviewers (like myself) are justified in saying that certain novels portray teenage characters in a laughably juvenile way.
Firstly, power to all the age 30+ YA readers out there because you help to make this community of YA book lovers a more beautiful and welcoming place and I hope to still be reading YA books when I'm 70 because it's such a beautiful and multifaceted genre. However, more often than not, I've noticed that books are being
The insinuation that all YA characters, who are usually from ages 13 through 19 by the way, should be perfectly responsible individuals who approach situations with a maturity way beyond their ripe age and are immune to the emotions felt by their raging hormones is quite idealistic and has me like:
It amazes me when I read YA books about characters who have experienced no hardships that could have resulted in their hardening towards teen angst but they are the most serious and boring creatures. I'll yield and say that some novels take teenage tendencies to the extreme and it's absolutely ridiculous and takes away everything that is good and enjoyable from the story BUT I don't think that that is cause for anyone, adult or no, to go into a young adult book and degrade everything that makes it what it is in the first place because yes, overly-dramatic and unrealistically juvenile characters are the downfall of some novels but overly-mature and emotionless characters are also a downfall.
Bottom line: adults, young adults, seniors, everyone, if you're going to criticize the typical YA elements, don't criticize their existence but the way in which the author uses them as a medium to develop the story. Judge on their faults. Just saying "The characters were so immature" or "Teen angst, ugghh!" or "I hate love triangles" is not enough. Particularly for adults who have experienced more of the world, your perception of situations is altered, you know more and you would react differently. Remember that you're reading a young adult book that's targeted towards teenagers, narrated by teenagers and it will contain elements of teenage life.
What are you guys' views on this topic? I'd love to know. Do you agree with me or do you think I just spouted a bunch of BS? Comment down below and tell me! Until my next blog post...I love you guys to infinity and beyond!