A recent article condemning the “darkness” of YA literature provoked an amazing emotional response from fans of the genre everywhere, but nowhere as focused as Twitter. Below are just a few of the fantastic comments from the hashtag #YAsaves, which was used to link the tweets.
@meganmccafferty: I write the types of books that I wish I’d had in high school to help make me feel less misunderstood.
@hannahmosk: YA taught me that some girls are having sex and some girls aren’t and really, it’s okay, I can calm down.
@WriterlyJes: YA took me out of myself when I needed out, then gave me the strength to climb back in. It gave me my voice.
@othermagdalene: YA also taught me that sometimes the knights are terrible and the dragons should be protected.
@brickpants: YA taught me to accept people; broken, beaten, angry, shy, gay, straight, happy, depressed. And it taught me to accept /myself/.
And, to give this story a happy ending, the hilarious parody movement #YAkills: