Why is children’s and YA fiction so underrated?
It still seems to me that the general populace are under the delusion that writing for young people is somehow easier than writing for adults.
I guess I can see why to some extent.
Often in the past, the word counts have been shorter than adult books, which translates to many as less effort from the author (though this has changed over time – Patrick Ness’s ChaosWalkingbooks are chunky enough to hammer plasterboard into place). And some of the subject matter hasn’t helped as much is genre – fantasy, sci-fi, horror etc. And as we all know, ‘genre’ – whether in books or on the screen – often translates with reviewers as populist-not-really-serious-just-aiming-for-the-big-bucks rather than writing something-worthy-where-nothing-happens-apart-from-the-protagonists-growing-slightly-older-literary-fiction.
This preconception is not altogether true, of course.
Yes, there’s a fair bit of sparkly vampire nonsense out there and who could…
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