Coined in the 1960s, young adult fiction was originally marketed at 12-18-year-olds to fill the gap between children's literature and adult literature. However, over half of young adult readers are actually adults. Should adults be embarrassed to read young adult novels, or are they worth reading?
Yes, young adult novels are worth reading
Young adult novels provide a safe space for adolescents to learn about the world they live in as they transition from childhood to adulthood. But the appeal doesn't end there. Some adult readers find escapism and nostalgia in young adult novels. While others find hidden meanings about the adult world in their pages. They deserve to be read.
Young adult novels gently introduce difficult real-life issues
Young adult novels and their many sub-genres are a safe space for authors to sensitively introduce their readers to politically or emotionally challenging issues.
Young adult novels have a popular child-adult appeal
A recent study found that 80% of young adult novels are bought by adults. Crossover fiction is a way for adults to bond with children. Yet many adults also find escapism or hidden meaning in young adult novels. Young adult novels speak to everyone.
Some critics believe young adult novels expose adolescents to adult themes they may not be ready for. Authors of young adult novels do not fulfil their responsibilities to protect their readers from amoral or psychologically traumatic content. Other critics believe adults should be ashamed to read young adult novels, claiming they are dull and uninspired with predictable themes. Young adult novels should not be read.
Young adult novels are dark and amoral
Young adult novels have taken a dark and inappropriate turn. Young adult authors who sensationalize drugs, sex, and violence could endanger the moral development of young adults.
Adults should be embarrassed to read young adult novels
Young adult novels are not serious enough for adult readers. Many writers are creating dull and uninspired stories that underestimate their demographics intelligence. Adults should be ashamed to read them, and teenagers deserve better.