Monday, June 08, 2009

I remembered why I want to write Young Adult fiction...

I spent some time wandering through the young adult fiction section at Borders the other day. Haven't looked in that section in a very long time. It's so funny, there was a time when all I wanted to do was write young adult novels, then I got side tracked. I do have stuff I want to write for grown ups too, but grown ups are such screwed up creatures with preconceptions about just about everything, everything is to be critiqued and analysed and shredded until it no longer resembles what it started out as.

I found this when writing my precise for the birth journey novel I will eventually get down on paper. I just *knew* that no matter what I wrote, what perspective I took, someone would read my novel and go, "It's just not like that, this woman hasn't got a clue..." I didn't want that to be my first novel out, so I'm saving it for when I have one under my belt...

Anyway, back to the young adult section of Borders. The books there were great! So, I dunno, unpretentious, not trying to be sophisticated or artistic or thought provoking, and yet, they can be very thought provoking.

Teenagers and young adults go through a lot, they're expected to go through a lot, but they're not expected to have all the answers or to be self-possessed, or to "know better"... They can just BE what they are, even if they aren't sure what that is yet. Young Adult fiction reflects this.

I have a book I want to buy this week that looked like a lot of fun! I'm actually excited about a novel!

Obviously, LOL, I'm just very immature :D! But SO WHAT? Who cares??? Being mature is WAY overrated, so there! I pity kids who have it all figured out by the time they're 15, in fact, I pity people who have it all figured out AT ALL, how boring for them! How stale! Once you've got it all figured out, there's no going back to the innocence of not having all the answers. Who wants to be a know it all? From what I've observed, know it alls make for lousy companions in life, LOL...

I'm feeling somewhat refreshed by the browse through Borders, and I think I'm going to have to make it a regular port of call during my week to keep the juices flowing!!!

3 comments:

Spiralmumma said...

Hmm I haven't read any teen/young adult fiction for years-well other than Twilight lol..ok so then I have! But I saw Bridge to Terrabithia in A&R the other day and almost bought it! I remembered how much i loved that as a 13 y.o when we studied it at school. I should get some maybe. I'm pretty immature. Well so a psych told mum when I was 16 at any rate! And I'm only marginally closer to having it 'figured out' now than I was back then-ie not even close!

Sif said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Bridge to Terabithia, made me cry and I didn't read it until I was 19...

The book I'm about to pick up is call, "How to get of your fairy", calls itself something like the new generation Mysts of Avalon, or something like that (having never read MoA, I wouldn't know)...

Sif said...

Ooops, misquoted title...

"How to DITCH your fairy"

Teenagers and the failing parent...