As you’re no doubt aware, given the number of reviews I’ve been writing recently, I’ve been reading. A lot.
Many of the books that have crossed my path for review recently have been young adult titles and though they’re pretty good in their own right, I’m going to be making sure that only about 1 in 5 of the books I read are YA from now on.
I’ve learnt more about my personal reading tastes recently by devouring every book that crosses my path (to the point that I’m going to have to start turning some down now) and the most significant thing that I’ve realised is that I love well rounded, flawed, colourful characters – I like to know what they’re thinking, why they do what they do, what they hope for, what they fear etc.
I like the psychology behind their actions and feeling that they are real people that I could talk to. I don’t know when that became my favourite part of reading, I know I used to be all about the gore and the adventure!
This leads me to my issue with YA books: the characters aren’t fully developed (Disclaimer: In most of the books I’ve come across. Not all of them and by no means the entire genre).
There’s good reason for this, of course, the intended audience aren’t fully developed as human beings yet and perhaps the characters are written like this so that they can project their own personalities onto them and fully relate, or because they don’t yet know enough about what makes people tick to appreciate some of the nastier aspects of human nature.
Also, and I blush to admit this, I really do feel the absence of the sex scenes. I like my kink abundant and naughty!
So yeah, I like my characters multidimensional and frisky. That’s what I’ve concluded from this post…
How about you? What are your thoughts on the YA genre?
“An editor asked me what led me to write erotica. I replied, “A dirty mind, excess words, and an overactive sacral chakra.”
― Fierce Dolan