You know what hurts? Most characters in ya books are 16-18. I enjoy reading about them because I aspire to be like them, to have adventures like them. They are all older than me, there is still scope my life is headed towards something good, something new. I look at these characters for inspiration and maybe I’ll find love like them, a family like their’s, they are older than me, good things await me.
But eventually, some day I’ll grow up and authors will still write about 18 year olds and it’ll hurt. It’ll hurt because they are younger than me and they have done soo much that I have not, found soo much that maybe I never will. I’d be older than them but I’d know that whatever happens, I’ll never have the fun they had.
The author J.M. Buckler decided that it would be appropriate to post this reel about how diversity is “ruining” the YA genre and making a mockery out of minority groups’ legitimate gripes with the genre and industry as a whole. A number of authors in the comment section have been agreeing with Buckler. I will be reblogging later with all of the authors who support this bullshit.
I literally read books for escapism and then when I finish a good book, I become obsessed, and then I start another book to get over the previous book and I become obsessed with it too and hence the cycle continues.
Speaking of Pendragon, you know what other young adult books I've never seen anyone on here talking about? Charlie Bone!
And where's my Spiderwick Chronicles fandom?
I'm aghast that nobody gushes about Cornelia Funke's books.
Or brings up the bizarre Wrinkle in Time sequels...
And I know it's a slightly different genre but nine years on this site and not one single mention of Twitches? Did Karsh mean nothing to you? We roast The Last Airbender but not a single post about how Disney Channel once butchered my middle school escapism?
Everyone on here makes it their mission to talk about certain children's shows/movies with the seriousness of a group of investors at a yacht club, but we've missed out on so many others...
Hypothesis: the main characteristic that makes YA literature YA is the very high level of reader identification it promotes with its protagonists. This explains many, maybe most of the common qualities of YA books, and also many of the limitations of YA
qotd: “‘It’s you I love,’ he says. ‘I spent much of my life guarding my heart. I guarded it so well that I could behave as though I didn’t have one at all. Even now, it is a shabby, worm-eaten, and scabrous thing. But it is yours.’” — @hollyblack
The Cruel Prince: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
The Wicked King: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
The Queen of Nothing: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
After months of watching others obsess over The Folk of the Air, I can finally say that I have completely finished the series! Though the romance didn’t live up to the hype at times, I loved my time spent in Elfhame! The world is completely unique, populated by fantastical creatures and complex, morally grey characters. Rovina Cai does a wonderful job capturing these characters on the page in “How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories.”
I definitely recommend this series to fantasy lovers ✨🧚♀️ and hope to revisit the world soon in Black’s future books!
[ID: A photo of a book lying flat on a wooden cutting board. The book is All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman. The cover features a person edited to have red skin. Only half of their face is visible and their hands are together in a contemplative pose. The book is surrounded by coffee beans and a bowl full of grapes.]