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Getting past Young Adult Fiction's recent bad rep

Yesterday I downloaded 2 of the books from my wishlist (Forgotten and Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini) both of which are categorised as Young Adult fiction.
I have quite a soft spot for this genre. Sometimes you just dont want to work at what you're reading. Sometimes, after an epic novel full of ground-breaking literature, you just want something to enjoy without thinking. To me, YA fiction is like sticking on a Ben Stiller movie after watching Requiem for a Dream. Sometimes, you just need a reprieve.

However, despite this, I still felt the need to justify to myself why I had just bought these. It's kind of strange, having to question your own desires, and it got me to thinking "why?". Why did I hesitate? Why did I feel that tiny hint of embarassment? Twilight probably had a little bit to do with it. Before that book came out I wouldn't have thought twice about picking up a YA novel, and now I'm worried I'm just an annoying fan-girl when I pick up anything vaguely supernatural. The Maze Runner also had a little bit of a role to play. It tried so hard to be something it just wasn't, and I'm pretty sure there's a lot of other books out there "jumping on a bandwagon" and riding the trends for The Hunger Games and vampires.

But I also thought about how unfair all that was. It's awful that I may not pick up a YA novel for fear it's another Twilight. I've read bad adult books, but that hasn't put me off of reading anything else!

So here is a post about some GREAT young adult fiction that can be enjoyed at any age. Very often you forget YA is the intended audience for a couple of them. I'm determinded to find more of the same:

The Book Thiefby Markus Zusak


So many have read this already, so many more need to!




This one specifically had some great multi-layered story lines. Kids will come back and find it so much deeper years later.


The Hobbitby J R R Tolkein

 
Less complex than Lord Of The Rings, but just as adventurous.




My personal YA favourite and such a great story.



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