Post Apoc­a­lypse

If you’re a big DC fan: read this with care…

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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.

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