Normally, in the Friday edition of the blog I try to lighten things up with some cool movie trailers, or fun You Tube videos, whatever strikes my fancy. Maybe I'll tack some of that on at the end, but I just saw an article that really makes me mad.
By way of set up...
I love to read. Of the many things I owe to my mom (including, you know, life) tops on the list is a love of reading. It's something I hope I'm passing on to my kids.
My 11-year-daughters have prompted me to read a lot of Young Adult literature lately. Not only as a way to monitor what they're going so see and possibly prepare myself for some awkward questions, but also to see what some of the fuss is about with some of these books. Let's see...I've read all seven Harry Potter books, the Hunger Games series, four of John Green's books (sorry, but I liked "Paper Towns" more than "The Fault In Our Stars"), I'm my working through the Divergent series, and especially since she's from my hometown, Rainbow Rowell's YA books. Like I said, A LOT, of Young Adult books. This is just one of the reasons why I'm especially offended at the idea that someone thinks I shouldn't read them. More to the point--Ruth Graham says ADULTS should be embarrassed to read them.
This is, of course, completely silly. To me, it's akin to pronouncing to everyone over 18 that they should be embarrassed at seeing Disney movies outside the presence of actual children. "You can see "How to Train Your Dragon 2" BUT YOU'D BETTER NOT ENJOY IT!" As my girls what say...whatevs.
In many cases, I've found Young Adult literature to be much better written than much of the "Not So Young Any More" Adult lit. The characters are more clearly drawn, the narrative is just a rich, and many of those books don't pull punches on some of the subject matter they tackle.
Bottom line is this--you don't want to read Young Adult literature? Fine. But step aside from telling me how I should feel for having read it. Maybe I'll stick to the grown-up books...like "50 Shades of Grey." On second thought, maybe I'll go ahead, instead, and punch myself in the face.
One other quick thing classic books like "To Kill a Mockingbird", "Catcher in the Rye", "Fahrenheit 451", "The Lord of the Rings", and "The Call of the Wild" are all considered Young Adult novels. Embarrassed indeed.