Sunday reading: The Kids’ Books Are All Right
The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review includes an essay by Pamela Paul on adults reading YA lit — check it out here. Some interesting quotes/points:
“A lot of adult literature is all art and no heart. […] But good Y.A. is like good television. There’s a freshness there; it’s engaging. Y.A. authors aren’t writing about middle-aged anomie or disappointed people.” — author and historian Amanda Foreman
• The percentage of female YA fans ages 25-44 has almost doubled in the last four years. — The Codex Group; Paul
• For almost 1 in 5 adults ages 35-44, YA books are their most frequent book-buys. — The Codex Group; Paul
“When you read these books as an adult, it tends to bring back the sense of newness and discovery that I tend not to get from adult fiction.” — Jesse Sheidlower, editor at the Oxford English Dictionary
The article captures what us lovers of kid/YAlit know well: that good children’s and young adult literature contains the same serious and universal themes, depth and development of character, and emotional involvement as adult literature — often with a heightened sense of discovery, wonder and adventure.