The Sunday Symposium is a new weekly feature in which I'll be discussing various bookish topics and asking for your commentary, as well. This week's topic is one that's been in the news lately: the growing number of adults picking up YA novels.
I know a lot of people who claim that Twilight was the book that got them back into reading. I'll admit, it was one of the first series I read when I got the itch to read again, but it wasn't the one that started it for me. No, that was Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. I had a friend who was just getting into teaching and she liked to keep up with what the kids were reading and she ended up recommending these books to me. My love for young adult novels blossomed from there.
Apparently, this is some kind of trend, though, according to a recent study by Bowker: "The Hunger Games and countless others are engaging a loyal following among those old enough to vote, drink and hold a mortgage." I stumbled across a post on Facebook linking to the article, and I was intrigued to see the statistics:
I've only recently joined that "largest segment aged 30 to 44," but I can definitely tell you I'm not purchasing those YA novels for anyone but myself. (Well, I do hope my daughter wants to read them when she's older, but for right now, they're all for me.)
I do enjoy the occasional adult novel -- Jeaniene Frost is a must -- but I generally prefer the young adult genre. Maybe it's the idea of reliving my youth. Maybe it's the distinct lack of adult issues (bills, kids, etc.). Maybe it's just the fact that some YA books are just way more fun than anything I've read that's specifically geared toward adults. Whatever the reason, I like my YA novels.
And since you're here, I'm assuming you do, too. So, what's your reason for reading young adult novels? Was there a particular book that started it all for you? Let me know in the comments and enter to win an ebook of a young adult novel of your choice!
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