Let’s Talk Bookish – The Popularity of YA

Hey everyone! Welcome back to my sadly dying blog not really, it’s just this month hopefully. I really did not mean to disappear, but nothing has gone according to plan so far, so here we are. I don’t even want to promise that a certain post is going to come next week, because it might not happen. Sighhh

Anyways, I am still here today with another LTB discussion. As always, Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by me & 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: The Popularity of YA (suggested by Ruqs @ Many Things (Not Just) Bookish)

Thank you so much to Ruqs for suggesting this topic! My post is going to be pretty brief so let’s get started.

Why do you think YA (aka Young Adult) books have such a big community as opposed to other books?

I think it’s because YA encompasses a much larger age range than the Adult or Middle Grade genres do. Technically, YA includes main characters who are between 13-19 years old, so there is a lot of variety to read from.

Related: What makes a book YA?

I also think that because there is so much variety in the genres within that age range, though Fantasy and Contemporary are pretty dominant, many people gravitate towards it. I’ve also noticed that a lot of the reader community that is on GR or that has a book blog is within that age range, or in their twenties so they may just naturally want to read about people close to their age. Of course, there are still adults who do read YA and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.


My Love-Hate Relationship with YA

I love YA. And I hate it too.

After reading a bunch of books, you start to notice the same patterns and it gets old very fast. But at the same time, it’s nice to read books with characters around your age, living a normal life and worrying about normal things. Or not if it’s fantasy.

I kind of hate the fact that romance is almost synonymous with YA. It’s pretty uncommon to find a good book that doesn’t have some romantic subplot. Sure, romance can be interesting at times, and reading a good representation of Muslim romance makes me jump with glee, but sometimes it’s just unnecessary or tiring. It also turns out to be really predictable, so it’s kind of eye-roll worthy.

Maybe the problem is that I just keep reading the same YA books with the same narrative, so it feels stale and annoying at times.

Or maybe YA is becoming a little stale too.

This Week’s Participants:

Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads | Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages | Eleanor @ Wishing Upon a Star | Rian @ Dogs and Books | Dani @ Literary Lion | M.T. @ The Last Book on the Left | Abby @ Beyond the Read | Sammie @ The Bookwyrm’s Den | Suzan @ Magical Booklush | Jane @ Blogger Books

I wish I had more time to go in to detail. Hopefully I’ll be able to read all of your amazing discussions over the weekend because it is an interesting topic.

Do you like YA? Does it make up most of your reading? Am I the only one who feels like it gets a little bland at times? Are you in school/uni? How’s that working out for you? Chat with me in the comments below!

14 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – The Popularity of YA

  1. I’m not really big on romance so finding YA book that doesn’t focus a lot on it is indeed a challenge. And like the other comments mentioned, I would love to see more friendship themed plot in YA books too!!

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      1. Same goes to you too!! If you have any recommendations for books with little to no romance in it then definitely make a post of it!! I’d love to have them added on my tbr 💕

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  2. I LOVE YOUR NEW THEME~!! I’m sorry to hear you’re having a bit of a rough time with blogging, remember your real life and health always come first ❤

    I totally agree that patterns and tropes start to appear and they can really start grating on you. I've also felt like some books are pretty stale recently with almost nothing making them unique. I'm also exhausted from poorly done/rushed romantic subplots. Not every story needs a romance and sometimes they're better off without them. Romance is the easiest subplot but there ARE others. You don't HAVE to do a romance subplot I promise!

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    1. YAY!! I’m so glad you do!! I’ve been working on drawing all of this since June and it’s about time I finally published it! Thank you lovely 💖 Hopefully next month will be a lot better.

      Ikr. It’s the same recycled basic plot over and over again, just with different people and objects/ideas. It’s either fighting to save your kingdom, or realizing you are the chosen one who must save the world, or something along those lines. Yes please, we need that on a neon billboard so everyone can see it! Not having romance isn’t going to break your book. It actually could make it the new big thing!

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  3. I read almost all YA (but then again, I am 15). I completely agree about the romance. I have ranted so much on my blog about all the unnecessary/cringey romantic plots/subplots in YA. I’m also not a fan of books in which there is so much uber-YA boyfriend drama, etc. that interrupts the plot and showcases the worst kinds of teenage stereotypes (One of Us is Lying, I’m looking at you!) But at the same time, there are so many amazing YA books out there

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  4. I agree that YA can be quite similar! You notice the same plot points and tropes, and sometimes I wish a YA book had been more daring. I also agree on the romance part, I would love to see more YA books without romance, especially ones focused on friendship rather than romance.

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    1. Yes, it’s becoming the same recycled story, just with different characters, or other diverse characters, and things like that. And it still doesn’t stop it from being a little exhausting. Maybe in the future we’ll get new and different plots all together 🙂

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  5. This was such a nice discussion post, Rukky! I feel the same about ya especially when I keep reading about the same 4 tropes on and on. I also think that romance shouldn’t be as bound to ya as it seems to be right now. I believe that a ya-book can have no romance elements and still be interesting and good.

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    1. Thanks Linda! It really does gets boring very fast. I can’t wait for the day that YA branches out into more friendship themed books instead of being so romance dominant. But you know, maybe it’s also because many kids within that age range are finally having some romantic aspect in their lives so they’re trying to show that? But then there are so many others who don’t have a romance and just prefer a nice friendship too

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