Woman Around Town has a fantastic article about the appeal of Young Adult Literature to adults.
There’s so much to love about modern young adult (YA) fiction. It’s deep and sophisticated. It’s edgy, exciting, and heartbreaking. It’s well written. And as any teen reader will attest, it’s downright entertaining.
But teens aren’t the only ones indulging their literary taste buds in this growing genre. Adult readers account for much of YA’s explosive success, and thanks in part to the crossover appeal of blockbusters like Harry Potter and Twilight, YA publishers and booksellers have embraced adult readers, making it officially okay for us to show some YA PDA.
The author, Sarah Ockler, then goes on to list seven reasons adults love YA:
- YA lit brings us to a time of heightened emotion.
- We never really get over that first love.
- YA books are digestible.
- YA romance is sexy, not smutty.
- YA spans the shelves with diverse sub-genres.
- YA doesn’t fear hard issues.
- YA authors write to compete.
To read an in-depth breakdown of each of these reasons and find a list of recommended Young Adult Literature resources (hint: you’re reading one now) check out the article here.