YA Supporters Sound Off

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.

@kaleighsomers: Teen lit should not be censored, reconstructed. It shouldn’t. It’s real, @wsj. It’s real and it’s in your backyard.

@othermagdalene: YA also taught me that sometimes the knights are terrible and the dragons should be protected.

@rausicabklvr: YA lit has helped me love myself for who I am, gotten me through dark times, and broadened my perspective of the world. #letsbereal

@literaticat: Even if you DON’T have a “dark” life, YA lit is a window outside your own bubble. It encourages empathy, broadens horizons. #YAsaves

@outtoread: I was able to make it through dark times as an adult because I read about dark issues as a young adult @WSJ #YAsaves

@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:

@jsmithready: Waiting for #YAsaves parody thread, #YAkills: “I know a kid who knows a kid bludgeoned by a falling copy of Deathly Hallows.”


For more inspirational and moving stories about the power of YA fiction, please follow the #YAsaves hashtag on Twitter or join the forum discussion.


2 thoughts on “YA Supporters Sound Off

  1. I don’t understand why YA is separate from regular fiction. Regular fiction does all the things that the above comments say that YA does. Regular fiction broadened my perspective of the world more than YA ever did. I abandoned the YA section in 7th grade. I read Dante’s Inferno and David Sedaris and Stephen King and Jonathan Safran Foer. Adult books should be doing the same as YA is doing, and vice versa. I don’t understand the segregation. I mean, A Wrinkle In Time is supposedly a children’s book, but it was brilliant – beneficial to adults, not just children. Ender’s Game was originally written for adults, but it somehow found its way into the YA section, and is now taught in middle school classrooms.

  2. And about the article calling teenlit “dark” – well, adult literature is dark, too, and, if I remember correctly, teens are much “darker” than adults in this day and age. Literature reflects culture before culture reflects literature.

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