Here’s one to get you fired up. Joel Stein has written a piece for the NY Times declaring that “adults should read adult books” and apparently nothing else. In his essay for The Opinion Pages, he states:
The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer is seeing a guy on the plane reading “The Hunger Games.” He continued, “I appreciate that adults occasionally watch Pixar movies or play video games. That’s fine. Those media don’t require much of your brains. Books are one of our few chances to learn…I have no idea what “The Hunger Games” is like. Maybe there are complicated shades of good and evil in each character. Maybe there are Pynchonesque turns of phrase. Maybe it delves into issues of identity, self-justification and anomie that would make David Foster Wallace proud. I don’t know because it’s a book for kids. I’ll read “The Hunger Games” when I finish the previous 3,000 years of fiction written for adults.”
Everyone is of course entitled to their own opinion. As an avid reading and writer myself, I can say that many YA novels are written leaps and bounds better than many adult novels. I’m talking huge leaps and bounds in some cases. (Anyone who has read The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater will probably agree with me.) But of course, this is part of the opinion pages. More than anything, I think Joel Stein is just missing out seeing as he refuses to read it. Your thoughts?
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