May 28, 2011

Armchair BEA: Blogging about blogging.

An at-home convention for bloggers
who can't attend BEA in NYC.

Blogging about blogging

If it wasn't already apparent, I blog about YA literature.  You know - faeries, vampires, mythological beings, angels, ghosts, werewolves, pirates... and normal teens, struggling to talk to their crushes and dealing with totally annoying parents.  It's a coming-of-age (and coming-of-species?) genre.  And it takes a lot of flack. But I read it anyway. I'm the twenty-something perusing the shelves beside the tweens and teens.

I read it because it's what I know and what I can relate to. I may not get captured by faeries or seduced by vampires, but I can empathize with the school, dating, and parental issues in a general manner. I've been twelve, thirteen...seventeen, eighteen.  So I get it more than I do if I'm reading about a forty-year-old. I know that's no excuse, and I do read adult literature occasionally, but I'm most comfortable reading within YA.

There's something about that first kiss and prom and learning to drive and hating school and self discovery that pulls me in and keeps me there. It's like each story is refreshing, no matter the consequences or danger present (for example, Speak).  I like the feeling of thinking your life is over one day and then coming out on top the next. It's simple but it works.


  1. I think it's great! More and more people are reading young adult, and, in my opinion, it's broadening the amount of readable material in the genre.

    I think YA is the perfect place to start a story because it's a time of change and growth. There is still so much potential left. Everything is a possibility. I love to read it too!

    Yay for young adult books! Especially the paranormal, they rock. :)

    Jennifer of Little Shelf

  2. I've gotten some looks about reading YA especially when you are in a room full of literary snobs (aka English lit class) and other kids are reading Faust, Asimov and stuff like that. I just think that YA presents a way to escape. The books are definitely easy to read plus the added bonus that, bad as it may seem, you don't have to think too hard. Hehe. And of course we read adult books. But only under protest. ;)


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