Buenos tardes amigos! Hope you’ve had a good week. Welcome back to another Let’s Talk Bookish discussion. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by me @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts
Today’s topic is: What Makes a Book YA?
This is Dani’s topic and I’m pretty excited to read all the discussion regarding this.
What makes a book YA
Well, since YA is called Young Adult and marketed towards teens between the ages of 13 and 18 (whenever did 13-year-olds become young adults??), the characters should be between those ages. I also think the books should be relatively “clean”. Idk what other normal teenagers do, but I can never relate to half the things that happen in YA, and I feel like other teenagers don’t experience all the things that happen there as often as YA makes it seem.
But I digress.
So the two main things that I think make YA, YA are a relatively clean plot and characters who are between 13 and 18 years old.
My Issues With YA
#1: I think its age range is too big. The books 18-year-olds read can be a bit too mature (especially in the romance department) for 13-year-olds. And books with 13-year-old MCs may seem too childish for 18-year-olds.
It’d be nicer if we could split this into two groups, 13-15 and 16-18. It would probably make us all sleep better.
My second issue is that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is being marketed as YA these days, even when they are most definitely Adult, or New Adult. Characters who are in university are not YA. Characters who are 19, 20, and above are also not YA. Personally, I feel like overly explicit content is 100% not YA.
Since the age genre for YA is so big, publishers should always stop and wonder if the book that they are about to market is YA would be suitable for a 13 year old to read. If it isn’t, then please, market it as New Adult. Since they’ve made the age range so wide, they have to always keep in mind the younger kids who could pick it up because technically they should be able to read it.
And that’s my very short two cents for today.
This Week’s Participant:
Dani @ Literary Lion | Breanna @ Paws and Paperbacks | M.T. @ The Last Book On the Left | Rafaela @ The Portuguese Bibliophile | Rian @ Dogs and Books | Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads | Jane @ Blogger Books | Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den
So this was really short, but it’s also a very late post. My apologies.
What do you think counts as a YA book? Do you think books are mislabeled as YA all the time? What’s a book that you read that is labeled as YA, but you think it shouldn’t be? Should YA be separated into two groups? Chat with me in the comments below!!