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All of the hoopla about adults reading young adult fiction started me thinking about how much YA has changed since I was a kid. Critics are currently blasting adults for reading "books for children." But are these books really for children?
Today's teen novels deal with topics like cutting, rape, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, suicide, murder... The list goes on. These topics can all be pretty dark, even for adult readers. Do many parents want their teens reading them?
There's no denying YA is getting increasingly darker. We had our dark books when I was a kid, too. Namely this one.
We'll just say V.C. Andrews' books weren't exactly on the "approved reading" list. But dark, angsty novels were much rarer in those days. And I'm pretty sure adults read those, as well. They also tended to dip into books like this.
When I think of "books written for children," I'm much more likely to think of YA books that are a tad bit sweeter. In the 80s, we had YA books like this.
But time marches on. Today's 12-year-olds don't read Sweet Valley High-like novels. They read middle grade. Older kids read YA. Older kids and adults, apparently.
Do you think today's young adult novels are appropriate for adults?