15 August 2010
Found on: The Book Smugglers
For the past few weeks, the lovely Ana & Thea from The Book Smugglers have been hosting a Young Adult (YA) Appreciation Month, with giveaways, guest posts and interviews, along with numerous reviews. They also issued an open invitation to write a YA post. And although I have been rather conspicuous in my absence of late (apologies Ana & Thea) I thought I would attempt to write...something YA *grin*
I had an interesting conversation earlier this month with a work colleague... We started with Twilight, but then branched off into a discussion about one particular pervading theme and how we, as adults, related to it. I'm referring, of course, to angst. Teenage angst. Something that permeates throughout the Twilight books and...a large majority of YA books. (Yes, I will stipulate that I'm generalizing :) Even though my work colleague is an adult and a mother, for her teenage angst makes sense. It was something that she had experienced as a teenager and thus could relate too as an adult. I confessed that I didn't get the whole teenage angst state of mind, but then, as our conversation continued, I realized that I wasn't what one might consider a 'normal' teenager. To all intents and purposes, my teenage days centred on and around one person and whether, on that particular day, he was in a good mood or not. Nothing else mattered, nothing else penetrated but making him...content (making him happy just wasn't going to happen). So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that teenage angst just....doesn't make that much sense to me :) Which is rather interesting because I usually love books with angst...
So, I'm curious. Do you read YA books and, if so, do you relate to the teenage angst? And, out of interest, do you think there is too much angst in the YA genre ATM?