|Take a moment to drool.|
Obviously, I want these. Badly.
And so, to get extra entries, (MY BOOKS. MINE.) I'm blogging about why I love YA*.
Which is insanely hard. Because seriously? Why DON'T I love YA?
To make this easier on myself, I am presenting a list in bullet-point form. So here they are. The first ten reasons I can think of for writing YA.
- The rich imaginative world of MG and YA novels kept me sane during my parents' divorce.
- Through YA novels, I learned to see through the eyes of people both similar to and different from me, and to apply what I learned to my interactions with others.
- YA taught me what to look for in a man. From Peeta I learned to want selfless love, from Percy Jackson unswerving loyalty. When I begin to panic and think that no one will ever fall for me, I read a Stephanie Perkins novel and everything gets better.
- YA provided me with role models. By reading along and cheering with the characters I loved, I learned how to battle my own dark wizards and false gods.
- In YA books, I learned the value of an equal, lasting relationship and determined not to settle for anything less.
- It was YA novels that made me aware of YA authors, who are seriously some of the best people ever. I have a very close friendship with many of these people, even if I'm the only one who knows about it. (Yeesh, that's a stalkery thing to say. Guess I'd better go find some bushes to hide in.)
- YA made me think. These books are where I learned to ask the hard questions. (Save my father or save the world?) They made me evaluate, decide what was really important to me.
- YA convinced me I am not alone. Even when I feel like the scum on the toilet seat, there is always, ALWAYS a YA character who has messed up worse than I ever will. And they pick themselves up and keep going. So I can too.
- YA novels have ensured that I will never, ever be bored again by filling my head with more imaginary friends than I can count.
- And last, but definitely not least, YA novels filled me with WORDS. Words so beautiful and crazy and LOUD that they spill over and splash onto everyone I meet. I love my words. I love YA.
So those are my reasons. What are yours? And what have you been reading lately? I just read The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan and OHMYHECKSOGOOD. If you haven't read his books yet, please do. The latest ones are phenomenal.
Now I'm off to write three thousand words and reach 50k by the end of the day! Ta-ta for now! Leave your comments after the beep**.
* Young Adult. In my mind, this genre covers EVERYTHING AWESOME. In real life ... that's still basically true.