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!
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)by JK Rowling
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.
His Dark Materials Trilogyby Philip Pullman
My personal YA favourite and such a great story.