|Scooped by Jessica Ridgway|
This is a reference to all things in the Young Adult Literature Genre. So, before jumping into the references, I want to giving an opening theme that all these articles, Social Media platforms, and videos are umbrelled under. What makes Young Adult Literature? What’s the difference between popular literature and literature, like “Twilight” vs. “Little Women.”
Society in general is always moving somewhat clumsily and often tragically through social progress, from civil rights to women’s rights to gender identity rights. And society is always censoring the voice of harmony and tolerance with a piece of tape of fear.
Because I believe it all comes down to fear. For the sake of, art is to give back that “VOICE” that has been silenced and censored. Art is always about expression, whether music or literature or painting, sculpting, photography, it is about expression of the censored. Artists often talk of finding his/her voice. In our writing workshops we talk about drafting to find “the voice” of the piece.
But I think this maybe the fundamental difference between “literature” and “young adult literature.” Adults have more power to speak than do children and teenagers. In fact in a lot of ways even though were are pasted the time of “children should be seen and not heard,” young adult do not have a voice, not collectively, and not individual. I remember when I was younger and I would be arguing with my mom and should say to me, “if you say one more word, you’re grounded for two weeks.”
I felt this angry, mute, powerlessness inside of me. I hated it when she would say that me more than anything because my voice was being muted. Now, usually I was in trouble for something and arguing with her just to keep arguing, but still that feel of being silenced was the worst feeling there was.
Literature for adult vs. mainstream popular literature, like James Patterson or Danielle Steel is still obviously a voice in some way. But it is not the same voice as Hemingway or Faulkner, as Plath or Dickenson, or even Vonegunt. Because literature is all about giving a “VOICE” to those who have been silenced by society, a voice to race relations, to sexual discrimination, a voice to gender bigotry.
But, with young adult literature, whether Harry Potter, or Twilight, whether Little Women or Alice in Wonderland, whether Beautiful Creatures or The Book Thief, the genre of young adult literature is all about giving the “voiceless” a “voice.” So, if it is badly written or a poorly constructed plot, or cliché character development it doesn’t matter. Being a young adult is a journey into maturity, that their literature should be too, only makes sense. That all aspect of young adult literature should be included and encompassed just returns to the purpose of it, to give a voice because to exclude any of it would be excluding the “VOICE” of the voiceless.
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