I love when you’re reading a book, not really knowing why the author decided on that particular title, and then you’re reading a random paragraph in page 125 or something like that and it’s right there spelled out and the world suddenly makes sense again.
There’s a temptation when writing YA, particularly YA where
they are fighting in some sort of war and the main character has a decent
amount of power, to dismiss some degree of their responsibility because they’re
a child. This happens in stories with young children who, for various reasons, have
a lot of power; their culpability is considered limited because they’re not
fully grown. They’re shielded from the impact of their actions, as well as the
possible risks, by the adults in the story.
And to some degree, that’s fair. There’s a reason children
aren’t allowed to sign contracts and aren’t considered adults.
But at the same time, it makes your entire system reek of hypocrisy
if children are allowed great power but aren’t made to answer for it. And that
might be want you want. It’s an interesting critique of a concept to have a
child who is able to do and does to great damage but isn’t actually held
responsible or in check for those actions. But then do it as a critique.
Because adults have to answer for their actions, and the more power they have
the more they’re responsible to answering for. So decide if you’re going to
treat your child/teenage characters like children/teenagers or like adults, or
acknowledge the inconsistency of it.
Do you know what the most popular book among WWII GIs was?
Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which was printed in a special military edition, went into reprints, and was the most requested book by soldiers. Smith got thousands of fan letters from GIs. And it’s a book by a woman, entirely about the experiences of a teenage girl.
So I don’t ever want to hear about how boys won’t read books about girls, or how we need more “boy books” in YA, ever again, thanks.
the problem with adult scifi/fantasy books is that they tend to have generic and pretty similar looking cover designs and a bunch of the books are really good but you cant find them without extensive research cause they all look the same
the problem with ya scifi/fantasy books is that they tend to have unique cover designs but a bunch of them are really bad and you cant find the good ones without extensive research cause they all look cool
I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. You have to have a crush on the exact right person at the exact right moment. And they have to like you back. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances. It’s unfathomable that it happens as often as it does.