Towards a definition of "YA" (was Re: Mark Haddon (no significant
deborah at suberic.net
Mon Feb 23 13:56:04 EST 2004
On Mon, 23 Feb 2004, Melissa Proffitt wrote:
|My answer would have to be that "young adult" refers to a type of literature
|that describes and celebrates the young adult experience, from the
|perspective of one actually living it.
|Not all teenagers read young adult books. Not all teenagers find them
|relevant. Many of them do, of course, and the primary readership of YA
|fiction is teens, but it's not because someone thought such books were
|appropriate; it's because those teens see something in YA fiction that
|resonates with them. But so do many adults. Young adult fiction is ABOUT
|young adults, not FOR young adults.
|The category name is unfortunate. The category
What an excellent point. The name is descriptive of a` type of fiction
in exactly the same way that "romance" is descriptive of a type of
fiction. It's just a genre name like any other, which unfortunately
creates an illusion of readership. Which explains my strange tension
about how it is a descriptive name which has nothing to do with actual
young adults -- the name describes a genre, not a set of readership.
I myself have never been able to find out precisely what
feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist
whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a
doormat, or a prostitute. -- Rebecca West, 1913
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