1) Young adult fiction is surpassed in every way by the quality of adult fiction.
Like that one…what’s it called? Oh yeah. Fifty Shades of Grey. Quality literature, that.
There’s no way that young adult fiction could EVER be more well-written than adult novels. There’s just no way. EVERY YA book is worse than EVERY adult book out there. If you’re reading books written for teenagers you’re obviously an idiot. Which brings me to my second point.
2) Teenagers are despicable creatures with no intellect.
Everyone knows that teenagers don’t have brains. That definitely explains why we’re the ones reading classics like Pride and Prejudice and Julius Caesar as part of school. Anything fit for teenagers cannot be intellectual/well-written because who would bother? They’re TEENAGERS. Teenagers are all delinquents and crackheads and literature designed for them should not be consumed by Proper Adults.
3) They’re all the same anyway.
ALL YA FICTION is poorly-constructed paranormal fiction with vampires and werewolves and hot guys. Thus, trashy. There is no depth or breadth to the category – it’s all exactly the same level of awful, ungodly rubbish.
4) You should be more concerned with being a Proper Adult.
Because, you know, the concept of adulthood is objective, and concerns Important Things. Nothing in adulthood should be entertaining or fun. Speaking of which.
5) Anything entertaining or fun to read is obviously not quality fiction.
Literature has to be boring for it to be good. Oh well. That means books like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Bell Jar and The Catcher in the Rye must not be quality literature, because I enjoyed them. Damn. I guess I’ll have to find some more boring books.
6) It’s better NOT to read than to read YA.
If you’re not going to read Proper Adult Literature, then just give up and don’t read. Anything’s better than reading YA.
7) And finally, if you’re a condescending, jaded adult with not a single funny bone in your body, you’re probably better off not reading YA anyway.
This is obviously not a serious post.
I’m sure I will continue to read and write YA for a very long time – certainly longer than being an actual teenager (by which time I’ll have to change my blog name – gulp!). I don’t see why people keep attacking YA, but I think as long as you’re reading something, I don’t care. Even if it IS Fifty Shades of Grey.
Do you have any more reasons why people shouldn’t read YA?