If you go through the lists of banned books, it’s amazing how often the young adult genre is represented. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, GOSSIP GIRL, TWILIGHT, THE HUNGER GAMES…unfortunately, I could go on and on.
Then there’s the ramping up of very vocal opposition to the content of books written for young people. It’s like there’s an assault on young adult fiction and those that write it and it makes me sad. There’s so many books that had a positive impact on me when I was younger. I can’t even list them all! But none of them corrupted me, or made me grow up too fast, or caused me to act out of character.
I guess all of the dismay about the “harm” some YA books are doing to their readers makes me reluctant to throw my hat into that ring. But then it also motivates me like crazy to produce a work that can have a positive affect on its readers. Because what I know is that those books that I read prepared me for so much.
When I did encounter the real-life scenarios, I had something to reference and reflect on. My decisions and actions were still completely my own, but having the information from those stories often acted like an additional piece of armor during the battle of adolescence.
Because my work often deals with the real yet uncomfortable things that happen to us as we grow up, I know it’s going to bother some people, or some may think it’s unrealistic, or feel that I’m trying to ruin their children. But despite that, I’m going to keep writing the stories that move me and the ones that I feel need to be told, even if it’s scary sometimes. 🙂
So that’s my rambly insecurity for the month. Thanks for listening!