Well Hellooooooooooooooooo Tuesday! Is it that time again? Well then. It's time for another TMST...
Tell Me Something Tuesday is a fab meme hosted by Cambria Hebert.
The questions are always fun and thought provoking and it's a great way for us bloggers to get to know one another across the cyber miles.
So here is this weeks question:
Do you think that YA books should have ratings like movies?
This actually came up in another book related conversation I was having with someone else...
She was recommending the Morganville series, and she was trying to explain to me where to find it in our local book shop.
She said I could look for it in "12+" or "Teen" Or in general YA... By this point I was totally confused. The person in question expressed her distaste that it had been filed under 12+ as there were certain points she did not agree were suitable for the age range.
I guess the most sensible thing to do would be to define what YA fiction actually is...
A definition of 'YA' taken from Dictionary.com
a teenager (used especially by publishers and librarians).
a person in the early years of adulthood
So the audience in question are still impressionable and there in lies the responsibility writers and publishers alike. But at the same time, YA fiction has to represent and respect the stage at which these young people are at. If the writing is deemed immature or worse, condescending to the audience, then they simply won't read the work.
|Do we really need ratings for YA fiction?!|
I think the problem with YA fiction in general is that it covers such a wide age group and as a result, a vast scale of maturity. Everyone matures at different rates so what could pass as suitable literature for one; may be totally off mark for another.
This question is difficult for me to answer. On the one hand, a rating system might be useful but then again, another rating system? Aren't books the one thing that is free from all that kind of restriction?!
The other issue here is that, whether we like it or not, sex, drugs, alcohol are all issues that young adults will come across and have to decide exactly how they will deal with it. Isn't it better that they explore these issues through books?
Books are supposed to be a safe, and free place in which we explore issues and work out what we truly think of them.
But then the question for writers of YA, is how far can you take a topic that will be a reasonable, responsible and acceptable? Sheesh. Where do you even begin?!
What is your take on this week's question?
Happy Tuesday everyone!