|The fab YA author, Megan McCafferty. and me.|
The weird thing is that when I set out to write my first novel, it never occurred to me to write anything other than YA. (It was so me.) But the thing I quickly discovered upon telling people I was writing a YA novel was that a lot of them didn’t get it. They laughed like I was writing something frivolous. Some of them even implied that writing my YA novel would be easier than writing a “real novel.” Um, as far as I know, writing a novel is writing a novel.
It became clear that YA was/is misunderstood by a lot of folks who haven’t read it lately. It’s oftentimes written off as less important, though I’d argue that it’s possibly the most important literature of all. After stumbling upon a conversation on Facebook where folks were applying a bunch of cruddy adjectives (like “angsty”) to YA lit, I found myself in deep and frustrated discussions with other writer friends about how I wished I could shake people and tell them how great YA lit really is.
“I’d love to shove one of my favorite books into their hands and send them off to a comfortable corner to read and get lost in words and story,” I'd say.
In response to my frustration, my friends reminded me that I did have the power to express my opinion. I had fingers. I had a keyboard. I had a brain. I had passion. They told me to write about it.
So I did.
A few weeks ago my article, “Young Adult Literature Is Better Than You Think,” was published on Medium. You can check it out by clicking on the orange title link up there. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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