Sunday, June 5, 2011
Why YA? Why? Won't somebody please think of the children!
So, I'm sure everyone's aware of this opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal, right? You know, the one that deplores the awful, dark, horrible world that is the YA landscape. I think it was written by this lady:
Anyway, it's a pile of crap. That's my opinion. It wouldn't fill much space in the Wall Street Journal, and it's not my most eloquent argument ever, but I stand by it: it's a pile of crap.
Kids are not stupid. Kids are smart enough to have their world view challenged. Kids need to have their world view challenged. And, unfortunately for a lot of kids, the world they inhabit is already dark, awful, graphic and violent. And you know what those kids need most of all? They need to know they're not alone. They need to know they can be strong, and that they are not a freak, and that if bad things happen you can overcome them. And it won't be easy, and it won't be pretty, but you can do it. And that's what good YA does. It gives kids courage, it gives kids hope, and it gives kids the knowledge that somebody out there is speaking their language.
So what was my response to the article? I went straight to Amazon and ordered one of those awful, dark books. And next week, after pay day, I'm ordering another one until I am the proud owner of every one of the books on the list.
Make a stand. Read good YA.