Stigma Against YA | “Teenage culture is looked down upon so often that it eventually becomes laughable.”

Stigma Against YA | “Teenage culture is looked down upon so often that it eventually becomes laughable.”

People who think the Young Adult genre is inadequate, or should not be classed as literature, should think again.

Over the years, many news articles have been released arguing against the quality of YA books, criticising their affect on teenagers and adults alike.

While Young Adult books are typically marketed towards teenagers, the only key difference is that the protagonist will be between the ages of 16-19 years old.

Lucy Powrie, teenage UK booktuber and book blogger said “Whether it is books or selfies or the clothes we choose to wear, teenage culture is looked down upon so often that it eventually becomes laughable.”

Not only is the disdain towards teen culture a factor for the ingrained stigma towards YA, but the content itself is often condemned as unimportant.

Many contradictions are faced, with some claiming the topics are too dark for a teenage audience, others declaring the books are fluffy and unimportant.

Anneka Palfreyman, 24, YA fan and avid reader said “A lot of adults don’t realise YA handles a lot of difficult subjects which aren’t always seen in general fiction.”

Teenagers face constant criticism towards their reading habits – or lack of.

But with society in general continuously judging their every choice, it is no wonder the motivation to read is absent.

Young Adult books are directed towards teenagers – and yet teenagers are judged for reading them.

Why is this?

Part of this problem could be solved if YA was given its own category, rather than being pushed into children’s,” Lucy said.

It’s frequently situated in bookshops next to the children’s department, away from the adult books as if they’re out of bounds to people over a certain age when, in reality, it’s over 20’s that make up a large part of the YA readership.”




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