Musing Monday #11

Musing Monday time again! Hosted by Should Be Reading.

Why do you think that the Young Adult genre is so popular with even the adult readers? Do you read YA books, yourself?

It’s the idea that one person–someone you can identify with, in the prime of their life (teens or early 20s)–can make a difference in the world. Everyone wants to think that they matter. In a way, our society has a fixation with every person being important, that anyone can be a hero, even if they don’t want to be (the anti-hero). Facebook and Twitter and reality TV are outlets for this idea. Anyone can be famous, if they shout loud enough, and if they are good at the shouting (or, if they are really bad at it). The idea that you or someone like you can save the world just doesn’t get old because some would just like it to be true.

I read YA because that’s what I like to write. It’s not the only thing I like to read, but it is attractive to imagine that your teen life could be filled with you doing something important, instead of just going to school.

What do you guys think?