I recently read CNN's piece on the coming trends in young adult literature. You can read the full article here. There were a few things that I really liked or made me think and I'd like to know what you guys think. Here are my thoughts:
"Better yet, I'd love to see books feature these topics without making them the sole focus. A diverse book shouldn't be a 'Diverse Book'; it should just be another great novel that teens devour in hours and love for the rest of their lives."This is my pet peeve with some of the illness/issue/diversity-driven stories I've read or attempted to read. I don't like it when the issue or diversity or whatnot is the sole focus of the story, or when I feel a book has become preachy. And preachy doesn't just have to do with religion. I have things that bother me and some that don't, but even the things that don't can bother me when I feel like someone is trying to force an issue or for me to think a specific way. I would think teens would like this even less. They tend to be more rebellious and emotional than I am at my age. :) The best authors are those that might guide you to ask questions and might even share their opinions through their stories (they all do that), but then let you come up with your own decisions and feelings about it. It's also best done through a deep connection with the characters and story so that you aren't actually told anything. The reader is shown and just feels it.
And why do they still limit voting for ya to teens? I get it, I do. Obviously that's the age group. Just wanted to point out that more adults read ya then teens. The Denver Post recently posted about this here. I don't know why it upsets people when adults read ya. Maybe those adults haven't read an awe-inspiring, amazingly-characterized story that happened to be in the ya genre that they loved or that made them think or feel something deeply. Maybe they think those don't exist in the genre, but those types of books exist in all genres and each book connects to each reader in an individual way.