What is your opinion of sex in YA , or on author who makes sure their YA (shelved in the children's areas!!!) is jammed pack with sex scenes. I mean not just hinted, it's greatly described like erotica like "velvet wrapped steel". I'm just curious.
Well clearly I support accurate portrayals of sex (and contraception) in YA. Completely sanitizing books for teens doesn’t make sense to me. Teens deal with real issues and real lives. Portraying relationships, particularly healthy, consenting ones, is extremely important. On a personal level, I prefer writing cut to black romance scenes but that’s just me. More explicit scenes are a different ballgame. I’ll read it but that’s not where my talent in writing lies. We don’t have a ratings system in literature the same way movies do (or television), so it can get tricky.
YA is a bit of a crossroads so it’s difficult to distinguish older end from younger end. There’s lots of MG-YA cross as well as YA-adult/new adult (I think). It comes down to booksellers or librarians or parents being aware, I guess? But teens can handle a lot more than most think and I think they’re usually the best judge of themselves. But erotica in kids books (under 14) or presented as something for children seems a little much to me. I don’t think it really happens though. At least in my experience.