I've been thinking so much after reading "The Article" that is creating such a buzz around the 'Net. The idea that someone would look down on adults who read YA isn't new, but it is still appalling. There have been enough great responses (check Modern Mrs Darcy--she is one of my fave bloggers, THIS, and THIS) and that is not what I am here to do.
Rather I want to examine my own reading habits. Do I look down on any particular genre? Do I thumb my nose at others for what they read? I sincerely hope not. I understand that everyone is different and thus have different reading tastes, and that is GREAT! But do I pass over certain books because they are 'beneath' me? Or not "real literature'?
There are subjects I avoid reading about (see my list), but I choose to do this to protect myself as a really sensitive consumer. As a result, though, I tend to avoid ''adult'' books because they often contain these themes.
Am I pulling a Ruth Graham in reverse??!!
I don't want to hear myself ever say again that I don't read 'this' genre or 'that' type of book (beyond what I need to avoid. See above). I don't want to be so generic. I need to take each book on it's own merit. Did I enjoy it? Was it well written? Did I learn anything? These are the things that truly matter.
So as an honest confession, I believe there are two 'genres' I have avoided simply on what they are: New Adult and graphic/illustrated novels.
I have tried two or three New Adult books, and found them too oriented on graphic sex. But I love the idea of a genre that focuses on the 'college-age' years, older and freer than high school years and before settling down with a family. If you have any clean recommendations, PLEASE leave a comment below!!
Graphic or illustrated novels have never held any interest for me. They have seemed too similar to comic books which just reminds me of Calvin and Hobbes (which I love!!). But I need to give it a shot. Oh, the Books! recently shared a fantastic list and I think I will be picking at least one to try this summer. I am a complete newbie so leave some recs in the comments below!!
What did you think of the Slate article? Are there any genres you have avoided??