On Facebook, I "like" Jen Lancaster, who writes extremely witty and hilarious memoirs. Today, she posted a link to an online article called "Adults should read adult books." In this article, Joel Stein basically rips those adults that read Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, and pretty much any other Young Adult book. He also has issues with adults blaring Justin Beiber, but I have issues with his music being blared by anyone. Ick.
He says, "I’ll read “The Hunger Games” when I finish the previous 3,000 years of fiction written for adults." And then goes on to say how we should let the tween girls have their own little world of child wizards and vampires and games you play when hungry. OMG. All you have to do you pompous ass is read the back of the book to know it's not about a bunch of kids playing Sorry and Aggravation around a campfire while they starve to death.
The goal of reading 3,000 years worth of fiction is an admirable goal for anyone, however, he should probably get off his high horse before someone gets hurt.
Just because a book is technically in the Young Adult genre, doesn't mean it's no good. Reading is supposed to be an escape, and often times the YA books are just the ticket. I mean, who wouldn't want to run off to Hogwarts? I totally would. In fact, I would love to go to the Harry Potter park at Disney World. Besides, an adult wrote the series, why can't adults read it without feeling guilty?
As long as it's interesting to you, it shouldn't matter if it's Tolstoy, Rowling, King, Grisham, or anyone else you can think of. I can count on one hand how many people I know that read for fun - or have the time to read continuously. For me, it's an escape. Some books hook me from the first chapter. Others sometimes not until the middle of the books. As long as I enjoy the book, who cares what genre it's from?
Not to mention that when I was a kid, I had to read Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Orwell, Golding, and several others. I'd like to mention I didn't like a single book I had to read for school. I hated "Animal Farm" and "Lord of the Flies". I couldn't understand Shakespeare. And Steinbeck was boring. And technically, while Classics, would also fit under Adult.
In this day and age, just be glad people are r-e-a-d-i-n-g at all.