Thursday Thoughts: Bookish Shame

Thursday Thoughts: Bookish Shame

Thursday Thoughts

Do you read exclusively one of the following or a mix: Adult, New Adult, Young Adult, Middle Grade? What are your opinions on shaming adults who read YA? Do you agree or disagree that adults reading YA deters actual young adults from reading because they may “feel as if their genre is taken over?” Do you think NA as a whole gets a bad reputation? Do you think it’s deservedly so?

Shaming people for what books they read is silly. Although I must admit… I do sometimes raise an eyebrow at other people’s taste in books (I’m so sorry!), but at the end of the day everyone should read whatever they like and it’s none of my business 🙂 Gladly everyone has different tastes in books. As for the categories listed above, I don’t even understand why some of them are shamed.

Personally I read a lot of Young Adult and I love it. I sort of followed the discussion that erupted after that ridiculous Slate article. Although… Discussion, what discussion? Everyone I know agreed: no one has to be ashamed for reading YA. And I agree with that too.

I am not very familiar with the other genres, but every genre has ‘good’ and ‘bad’ books. Every genre has books that have a more intricate message, or that can be meaningful to someone. And even if that’s not the case, what’s the problem? Honestly…

5 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts: Bookish Shame

  1. I don’t know if it’s a bad reputation, but the term NA definitely brings to mind a particular kind of book that I, personally, am just not interested in. By comparison, YA is such a broad category encompassing so many genres and types of stories, I think it’s sad that NA isn’t just as broad. Even if different types of stories with those 20-something characters coming into their own exist (and I know they do), they’re hard to find, because the term NA has just come to mean “YA + sexytimes.” So the books that actually deal with “new adulthood” and either don’t involve or downplay the romance get lost… they’re either labeled YA (which may be a stretch) or lumped in with adult contemporary books (which isn’t necessarily bad, but still frustrating, because that NA label was created for a reason).
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  2. I passed on this Thursday Thoughts because I didn’t have anything to say. First of all, I don’t see “adult”, “Young Adult” or “New Adult” as genres. Those are marketing categories at most. Second, I don’t think anyone should limit her/himself to such a category. Since I’m 9, I’ve been reading “adult” science-fiction and literature. Now that I’m an adult, I read a YA book every so often and plan to re-read some child book classics like Black Beauty. I believe that books are there to broaden our views about the world and as such, every single of them has a chance to be interesting (child, teen, ya, na, adult).
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  3. Great answer! I think shaming people for the books they read is really stupid as well, and it’s not something I do. I work in a library so I meet people every day who read different genres to me or enjoy different types of books. Everyone is different, it would be a pretty boring world if we only liked the exact same things. Here’s my answer.
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  4. I don’t care what people read but I do care that Twilight and 50 SoG are bestsellers where the messages of the books are so wrong. I don’t get how so many people read those books and saw them as okay and romantic when we have so many abused and otherwise harmed men and women in our society. That’s my issue with the whole thing. Other than that, read what you want, but be critical about it. Even if you love a book, think about things you read about, maybe there was some questionable messages in there that should not be.
    As for adults reading YA, why not? I read all genres, MG, YA, adult… it’s not about label, it’s about how good the book is. If it has strong characters and amazing plot and messages you can apply to your life and learn something from them, it doesn’t matter if it was written for kids aged 10. That’s why HP is still relevant when you’re 40. You can relate to it all your life on different levels.
    NA has a bad rep because it mainly consists of bad books. Generally, it’s not the issue of the genre, it’s the issue of the crappy books in it. Same as YA. A few bad books can ruin it all for the few amazing ones. Same goes for people and food and everything. One bad experience outnumbers 10 good ones, sadly.
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