Monday, January 23, 2012

Musing Mondays: Week One

Musing Mondays is a weekly feature from Should Be Reading.  Each week, a question is asked, and we have the opportunity to answer it!  This weeks question is:

'Why do you think the Young Adult genre is so popular with even adult readers?  Do you read YA books, yourself?'

I feel like one of the main reasons the Young Adult genre is so popular with even adults, is because it reminds us of when we were younger and reading.  It gives us that sense of youth that we wish we could have had, or that we wish we could have back.

Now, okay, so I'm twenty-three years old, so technically I'm a "young adult" still, but there is just something about some (not all) Young Adult books that make me feel like a kid again.  When I read the Harry Potter series, it beings back memories of sitting outside on a summer day reading that same exact book, or an other series.  It just brings back those memories, you know?

I still read Young Adult books from time to time.  I'm one of those people that get easily distracted by pretty/flashy things, and when you have a pretty/flashy book cover, you will automatically have a sale with me, and what better way to take away all my money, then to make every single Young Adult book have a pretty/flashy cover.  This is why my family and friends know never to take me to the book shop, in fear that I might leave with my credit card maxed out on books.

Also, I'm not ashamed to admit that I still read middle school novels (Nancy Drew, Fear Street, etc...), because who doesn't love a good story like those once in a while.

- Brittany :]


  1. I do agree that some older people read YA for the nostalgic purpose. Especially with the romances! Here is my MM answer:

  2. I don't read YA for nostalgia because I never read them as a teen (or hardly ever did), but I think adults read them because they are written up for them. No longer are they written with characters that only teenagers will find interesting and with teen-only mentalities. I think that's the real reason. They are written to capture audiences of older people, too, in order to sell more books (of course).

  3. I love Dr Suess and Shel Silverstein more than I did as a kid. Middle school is positively advanced by comparison, but good writing is good writing.