YA YA

Reading this, it reminds that over the past year the fiction I’ve read has been 90%+ YA.

This is for a few reasons:

1) No ridiculous literary pretensions that make many books so incredibly boring.

2) The writing is usually better. Lit-fic just tries too hard for me. Most of those writers aren’t nearly as clever as they think they are, and rely on wordplay and metaphors I thought of and rejected when I was 9.

3) YA is thus more fun.

4) And one of the most important reasons for me is that YA almost always has well-rounded, interesting female characters even if they are not the actual protagonist(s) or antagonist(s).

5) And relatedly, YA almost never features 45-year-old men from Brooklyn having mid-life crises. This has been done to death, and I have no interest in reading it.

If you aren’t reading YA right now, you are doing yourself a huge literary disservice, very similar to the self-slight of not watching all the great television shows of the last 10+ years.