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why i read ya
I was hanging out with a friend at the library, and we were talking about what books we like to read. And when I said I read YA, he asked me “Why?”
And all I could really think of was “Because I love it”. Which is, to be fair, a shitty response. It doesn’t give any insight into WHY I love it, or WHAT I love about it, or anything. But in those tiny few seconds I had to think of an answer to give him, I couldn’t think of anything else to say.
And I guess I do read YA ‘because I love it’. I always have, and it is likely that I always will. But what is it about YA specifically that I love? That keeps me coming back, and keeps me reading book after book? I don’t know if I could ever really pin-point an exact reason, but I here are a few things about YA that I love:
Now, I know that adult books can probably whip out the intensity factor, as well, but I love how everything that main characters in YA feel is to the max. Because what young adults feel is, a lot of the time, intense. When these characters fall in love with someone for the first time, or have their first kiss, or go and do their first special snowflake thing – it’s all so intense. And a lot of the time these intense things lead to intense feels. And feels are always good.
I am not a thirty year old divorcee travelling the world to find the lust of life. Which, to me, it seems a lot of adult fiction is focussed on. I am also not in a dead end career with three children. Or engaged to be married to my fiance, but still in love with my childhood best friend. I cannot relate to any of the adult books that I ever come across. But I can still relate to the YA storylines I read, because a lot of them are universal. I mean, I can throw myself back five years and still remember with heightened clarity my high school years. And even when a YA book isn’t about high school, it can be about finding yourself, and figuring out what you want to do – and I can still relate to that. I can relate to YA.
I have to say that shipping is such a bigger thing in YA than in anything else (in my experience). I love shipping things with my ‘force of a thousand fiery suns’ because (like I said in the first point), I love dem feelz.
I have read some beautiful YA novels. Lyrical books that made me fall head over heels in love. And I just haven’t found that anywhere else (yet – they’re probably out there). I love reading words and marvelling at their beauty, and falling in love with the fact that 26 letters can form such beautiful words.
The storylines in YA interest me. A badass assassin who is also part fae and out to rule the world. A fallen angel who is a demon and unsure of the meanings of ‘good’ and ‘evil’. A girl who goes into faerieland with her sisters to dance all night. An orphan girl who turns out to be the most powerful magic wielder in the world. A girl who pretty much single-handedly brings down a dystopian society. These storylines are epic, and breathtaking, and they make you realise your own potential.
I suppose my list could go on. The authors that I have interacted with that I can now call friends. The friends I have made through blogging. The simple joy that reading YA gives me. All of it plays a role in my shitty answer of “because I love it”. But I think I would have bored him near to death if I actually described all the reasons that YA owns my heart.
YA also means a lot to me. These books have been there for me through everything. They’ve given me just so much, and they will always have a special place in my heart because of that.
Sure, I might reach out into other genres (more so than I do right now) at some point in the future, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop loving and reading YA.
What about you? Why do you read YA? What are some of the things you love about it?