I’ve been asking several questions on Facebook, but I thought I’d pop them on here as well. I want to know what YOU think. If you could pin down your favourite YA author and give her/him some feedback, what would it be? I don’t want to know who you’d choose, but I’d like to know what you want more of? Less of? I’ve had a lot of people stating that they’re sick of weak female leads (me too btw!), love triangles, teens that *suddenly* gain magical powers or discover they’re a werewolf/fairy/mermaid/spiderman…. Also for covers, people are sick of torsos, faces, and the usual generic Twilight ripoffs that seem to have flooded the market.
I’ll tell you what I’m fed up of;
Don’t get me wrong. I think there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed and that people should be protected, but in the UK, you can legally have sex at 16. Surely that then means that a 16 year old is legally old enough to look after a child. If they can look after a child, why can’t they read books with swearwords in? Or with sex in? If it’s ok for them to be ‘doing it’, why can’t they read ‘it’? I’m not talking full out, graphic, offensive sex. I’m talking about consensual, the kind that most people have or are doing.
My ebook ‘Of Darkness and Light’ had a couple of curse words in it. Before I was told to remove them by someone who was potentially (it never happened unfortunately) going to be my agent. I took them out. Didn’t get me published! People swear. I did it like a trooper when I was a teen, and still do (though I am trying to cut down) If the world is going to hell, people won’t be saying; ‘Gosh darn it!’
On the flip side, I don’t want too much swearing. Or sex. I don’t read books for my age group (I’m *cough28cough*) as they’re just shopping, drinking and sex. None of these things I want to read about if I’m honest. I think a balance if needed, and I think it’s YOU GUYS, the ones reading YA ficiton who need to let us know where the balance is. What shocks you? What do you never want to read about? What would make you put down a book and never pick it up again? Where are you lines of censorship? What do you want more of? Less of?
The other subject that makes me cross is teens being talked down to. I haven’t become this revolutionary-ly different person since I was 18. I hated it then and I hate it now. Teens aren’t dumb, so don’t treat them like that are. I’ve picked up several YA books that I’ve had to abandon because they’re written as thought aimed at 12 year olds. I LOVE YA. I love reading it and writing it, but I feel it is a genre with more than it’s fair share of issues, being censorship etc etc.
Anyhoo, got a bit ranty there.
Let me know what you think about the genre. How would you fix it if you were in charge? If you rana publishing house, what would you print?