Oh for fuck’s sake. Yet another idiot is complaining that books are hurting “the children.” I don’t know why the Wall Street Journal printed this op-ed as a book review (seriously, what the hell?), but I think that the author’s attitude is about as harmful as they come.
There’s been a huge response on Twitter and on YA authors’ blogs (Stephanie Kuehnert and Courtney Summers to name two who happen to be friends of mine) and the Wall Street Journal, to their credit, posted a response (which seems to be labeled “Hot Topics,” rather than Book Reviews OR Op-Ed).
The blog posts I’ve seen talk about how books helped the authors deal with bullying, abuse, and more; the WSJ response talks about how children are exposed to the world anyway, and parents can open a dialogue with them rather than ineffectively attempting to shield them. Both of these viewpoints are important. There’s one thing that I haven’t seen covered anywhere.
Why has no one addressed the fact that YA readers aren’t children? Sure, a child might read a young adult novel. But the intended audience is teenagers, and I just don’t agree that teenagers are children. Also, I am FUCKING SICK of YA literature being referred to as children’s books. THE A STANDS FOR ADULT. If publishers and reviewers would just stop lumping YA in with children’s books, this wouldn’t be an issue. (Well, I’m sure the whiners of the world would find a way to make it one. But it wouldn’t be THIS issue.)