If you’re a big DC fan: read this with care…
I can only agree with Bonnie Burton’s column in SFX 251. As readers who are used to being looked down upon because we are reading genre fiction, we shouldn’t make the same mistake and look down on young adult fiction.
As with any other part of fiction, YA has its good, not- sogood and bad books. Sometimes it is only the marketing department that puts it in the young adult section. I actually prefer young adult fiction a lot of the time, because the books normally have good plots which I sometimes miss in adult books. Adult books sometimes go on for pages and pages about little things, which neither further plot nor character development. Also young adult books are more often about something and want to get the reader thinking about political or philosophical questions. The good ones can do this in a subtle way – the not- so- good ones can be a bit grating in this respect.
You always have plenty of reviews of young adult literature in your book review section, so thank you for always giving me more inspirations on what to read and for taking this part of genre fiction seriously.
Ilona Kosmowsky, email Series like The Hunger Games and His Dark Materials have shown that books for younger readers don’t have to alienate the grown- ups. Hollywood has been making movies that appeal to all generations for years – there’s no reason book publishers shouldn’t do the same.