DISCUSSION : 20+ YEARS OLD, TOO OLD FOR YA BOOKS?

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Hey guys! I’m here again, or actually no I’m not, this is a scheduled post. Anyway, I posted a little question at my Instagram asking whether to post discussions/tags/etc.. on Thursdays or Saturdays. The winner was… Thursday! Thank you for everyone who voted. πŸ™‚

I want you to keep in mind tho that this is not something I’m doing every week. Obviously I try to post discussion/tags/etc every Thursday but if I don’t have time to schedule these posts, then these won’t happen. I am posting every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday already but I think that these posts might take a little more time than T5T or WWW Wednesday.

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT FOR YOUNG ADULT BOOKS?

Young Adult books are targeted to age group of 12 to 18 years. Which makes me, being 25 years old, “too old” for YA books. But is there really an age limit to that?Β 

“You are an adult already, not a teen anymore. Shouldn’t you read books meant for your own age?” That’s a phrase I’ve heard many times. Every time I’m looking them like this 🀨 whaaat? I’m too old to read Young Adult books but not too old to read children’s books? Where’s the logic in that?

I generally enjoy more young adult books than actual adult books. Maybe I’m living in a fantasy, or more likely living my teenhood again through young adult books. But the romance, arrogance, mischief etc. is more present in young adult books than adult books. Somehow those are even more lively than adult books.

I personally think that it doesn’t matter if you’re 99 years old, still reading YA and loving it. We parents also read children’s book on daily basis and enjoy those too. There’s no one shaming us about that. But still there’s something in YA books that makes those comments come out of people’s mouths.
My sister is two years younger than me and she reads adult fiction. Why, you ask? Because those are more mature, more realistic. Some has even said that it’s weird that 20+ years old enjoys a book with a couple age 18, having their romance in full bloom.

Again, I personally don’t think that much about the characters’ age. I.E. Celaena Sardothien, age 18 in the first two books if I remember right, makes her 7 years younger than me. Still I fully lived through her romances and didn’t feel weird about that. Why? Because I never once thought about her age. She’s considered an adult already anyway, being 18.
And when I think about her romance with certain someone and do consider her age, it does not make me cringe or anything. I can still fully live through that with my whole heart.

I don’t think there’s any age limit to read YA. Actually, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business to shame other people’s reading genres or books. We all have our own likings and we should just stick with those. There’s absolutely no joy in reading when you make yourself read something that you just don’t enjoy reading.

Do you think there is an age limit to read YA?

NIMIN

11 thoughts on “DISCUSSION : 20+ YEARS OLD, TOO OLD FOR YA BOOKS?

  1. I definitely think anyone can read YA if they want to. I know a lot of adults who read YA and love it. I’m also a big believer on letting people read what they want to read, because I’m a huge supporter of literacy, and if you read something considered super complex or a middle grade or even a picture book,
    you’re still reading.

    Being almost 28 I am also *too* old to read YA, but like you I also prefer YA usually over other genres because I feel like a lot of authors have more freedom to discuss current events or push the boundaries (so to speak). Also, if my local YMCA considers people ages 18-29 as a young adult for their memberships, then yes, we’re still young adults IF you want to get technical πŸ˜‰

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  2. Well my mantra is read what you love. So if you love YA and are well past your teenage years why not? I am closing 50 in a few years and I read them! And watch Disney movies and listen to Taylor Swift LOL Yet I assure you that I dress accordingly to my age (even if I am rather modern in the clothes department, no mini skirts for me!).

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    • Exactly! There’s no point in reading or doing anything you don’t enjoy yourself. Example: i’m not sure who enjoyed more about all the toys/legos my kids got for Christmas, them or me

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  3. I love YA and I don’t think there’s an age limit. I used to read adult fiction when I was younger and now I’ve found that YA appeals to me more. It really doesn’t matter how old you are, it just matters whether you like the book. I enjoy the storylines of YA way more than adult fiction

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  4. I hate that YA is still looked down on by so many people just because they think it’s only for teens. It’s such a diverse genre in so many different ways and they’re so much more enjoyable than “adult” books haha!

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