For The Love: I absolutely love YA fiction! In fact, I rarely read anything else other than YA fiction. I mean, yes, I do happen to read the occasional Non-Fiction and Middle Grade Reader books and all, but overall I prefer to read YA literature and the various branches and genres that lie therein. I love how adventurous and imaginative and fearless the characters and the authors in the YA field are. I'll be honest, adult fiction usually bores me to tears (sans a few books), mostly I assume because I am such a dreamer myself (a true idealist really), an unrequited lover of fairytales and otherwordly settings which dwell beyond the usual realms of possible...or is it plausible?...adult belief (except those authors of which of course are adult YA fiction writers.) I decidedly like to dwell somewhere, through finely woven stories, in between dreams and sweet fantastical improbability. YA literature is the gateway to that reckless abandon, so full of dreams, and that anything-goes-because there-aren't-any-rules mentality. Oh, and the vividry of escapism into a time of youth! Yes, I simply love it.
Honestly, I feel kind of weird admitting (just like my blogger friend Kristin did in her post) that I truly enjoy reading YA fiction, even more so than mainstream adult fiction. And the reason for this is mostly because I was never the typical teenager, nor did I face most issues that are dealt with in YA literature. I mean, I've always got along with my family swimmingly. I was never the angsty or rebellious teenager, and I always took a book with me to friends' birthday parties growing up, just because that was how I rolled. So, I was always the "different" kind of teenager who couldn't relate to many YA characters growing up, but now I just so happen to looooove reading about them, especially if their story is set as a fantasy, or in outer space or in an alternate world or even in a different historical time period altogether.
So, yeah, even though I rarely, if ever, have identified with YA characters growing up as a teenager myself, I absolutely love reading about them now! Now, usually I read nothing but YA fiction. I love the coming-of-age story, and the budding romances and, again, the reckless abandon that storms across the plethora of pages in most YA fiction nowadays. Really, I just love YA fiction versus all other fiction genres. Probably because I myself love to read YA fiction, and I love to write in this medium too. YA fiction opens up my mind to imagination's flight, and I cannot stop the dream-train, for it is far too alluring not to do so. At least I think so.
For The Perks: Reading through the lives of other fictional, yes fictional, teenagers fuels my mind and soul with so much wonder that I can barely contain myself. I love seeing a "story-life" through the eyes of teenage or young adult characters in other worlds, or even sometimes set in our own world. I really do. Like I said up above earlier, the realms of YA are not afraid to travel outside the box of normalcy, which is utterly exciting to me. I mean, YA novels/authors are not afraid to abandon all and just dream wide open. This, my friends, is why I read YA fiction, and I will continue to do so until the day I die. I want to be the incessant dreamer, the proverbial portrait of the literary idealist, and the young woman who is grown up enough in appearance, but never truly is at heart. See, there are perks aplenty with YA lit! Please say you'll pick up a YA book now, will you?