So my post Myths About Bookworms went down really well! I decided to do another, this time it’s about YA Novels. I hope you enjoy!

1. They’re all romances with no message

This one really annoys me. When I’ve said that I read a lot of YA now, I’ve had people say than teen books are always romances with no message at all behind the books.


So a lot of YA does include romance. But if you think about most teenagers, what do they do? They date, have romances, enjoy their lives. Teens love romances.

But not every single YA novel includes romance. There are plenty that are completely romance free! It’s not hard to find them. If romance isn’t your thing, don’t shy away from YA. There’s a lot more romance in adult fiction than YA fiction.

And there are plenty of messages within YA about life, friendships and much more.

2. They’re not real literature

I’m not sure where this one comes from. I’ve seen a lot of people say that YA can’t be classed as ‘literature’ and it confuses me. A lot of classics are coming-of-age stories and they’re seen as literature, so why can’t YA?

I know why – because people want teenagers to be reading classics rather than YA.

3. Only teens should read YA

Apparently as soon as you reach the age of twenty, you should never even look at a YA book again. You’re too old for it then and you should be reading more refined things.

So all of these stories about social justice, rights and equality aren’t relevant to anyone who isn’t a teenager?

YA is a genre, not an age restriction. Should all Historical novels only be read by people from the past, and Mystery only by Sherlock? If people don’t say that, then why are they so strict over YA?

4. None of the authors can get teenage slang right

I partially agree with this. I’ve read quite a few books that either take slang way too far or use it completely incorrectly. But does that really matter?

Not necessarily. It’s just a part of the author’s voice.

And plenty of authors use slang convincingly because guess what? They’ve grown up in the same world as the rest of us and they have all seen it used the same.

5. They always end on a happily ever after

People dislike the sickly-sweet aftertaste of a happily ever after. I definitely don’t. But I’ve heard of plenty of people who avoid YA just to avoid that happy ending, and I just don’t get it.

The same as any other books, regardless of genre, you will always get a happy ending. 75% of the time it will finish with a happily ever after. That’s what is called escapism. If you don’t like happy endings and you avoid YA because of it, try reading some John Green.

What are your thoughts on YA?

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  1. It’s weird how some people can judge you for reading YA but there isn’t a real alternative for 20-somethings if you want to read adventures with characters that you can relate to. For example, with romance you either read about two teens falling in love or a middle-aged woman with marriage problems. Unless you like erotica, then there’s a bunch of options for you.

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  2. You’ve nailed all these! I did creative writing at university and some lecturers would turn their nose up at you reading YA and not the classics. Personally I struggle to get into the classics whereas I find YA so much easier to read. Surely reading anything should be good?!x

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  3. The slang one irks me because slang also largely depends on where you are. Yes, some slang stretches across a continent or even around the world because communication is global now. BUT there are still big differences in slang from place to place. There’s no way an author could make informal language perfect for everyone everywhere.


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