Someone can say that they don’t really enjoy YA. They don’t enjoy that character age. But… (x)
This is crap. There are things you can relate to as a teenager but not as an adult. There are things you can look at and think “yes when I was a teenager, that would really have appealed to me, but it really doesn’t anymore, because those are teen problems/issues which are no longer my issues” and saying you’ve “matured past” is correct.
Maybe try not being so sensitive about how other people experience literature and their relation to it.
if you’re still into that when you’re no longer a “young adult” then whatever, but don’t dictate to other people how they can relate to literature because it hurts your feelings.
I agree with her to a point, people ask why I’m so into “kids” books (read: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit etc) and act like I’m in some way immature
This is not crap, totalhipsterdickbag. This is GOLD. She’s completely right. The notion that “there are things you can relate to as a teenager but not as an adult” is variant for every person, and it’s ludicrous to think there are limitations on when or how we relate to books. Young Adult books are not limited to “Teen Problems,” and “Teen Problems” are human problems that provide meaningful insights to many people. You should try reading Act Your Age!: A Cultural Construction of Adolescence by Nancy Lesko; it’s extremely informative and completely debunks almost everything you said, particularly in relation to your totally useless examination of age.
People don’t automatically “mature past” an entire varied, complex genre of literature. Some people will feel as though they’ve grown out of something, but that’s not a requirement of anyone’s relationship with YA lit. She is right to be mad, and she is right to express her feelings. You mock her for speaking up, but what she says is actually contemporary in fields of publishing, writing, and literature. She’s so beyond you it’s humiliating.
What’s interesting about your comment that she shouldn’t be “so sensitive” to how others “experience literature” is that you are literally being too sensitive to how others experience literature. YOU are, ironically, the one who is attempting to dictate when literature is “appropriate” for a reader and attempting to describe the validity of the content for different age groups. You overgeneralize entire genres comprised of millions of books with your wrong assumptions. And you are not an authority on what is and is not valid literature. Accept that your opinion is ill-informed and reactionary.
Walk into any literature department at a university or any writer’s group, and you will be shut down so fast your neck will snap. You are so obviously and completely not a part of literature/writing discourse that it’s embarrassing to even read what you commented. You’re just plain wrong, lmao.