Today we have Robby from the uber-fantastic blog, Once Upon a Book Blog. Robby's pretty good at doing, you know, awesome. Reading awesome books, writing awesome reviews, awesomely interviewing awesome authors -- that sort of thing. Today, Robby's going to give us a little of that awesomeness via that never-ending question, what do I want to be (when I grow up) and why? Why YA? We've all been asked that at one point or another, I think, and Robby answers quite awesomely. ;p
Take it away!
Being a teenager in our present day world is difficult. Pressure surrounds us, whether it is from our parents, our teachers, our friends, ourselves. We have homework and jobs and waning sanity and sometimes it feels like there is no way out.
But there is. YA.
The reason I read YA is because I want to escape. I want to read a book about someone with issues and problems, someone who will get through those problems and move on with their lives. I read for strength and because, some days, I just really need someone to relate to.
And there are quite a few different kinds of YA literature, and they’re all wonderful.
There are the purely romantic reads, all about love and relationships, more summer reads.
There are the intense reads, books about serious issues and conditions and these books are my favorite. The books that end on a hopeful note, the calm after the storm. These are the books I always find myself reaching for.
There are paranormal reads, which seem to be all anyone really wants to read anymore. These books have romance and serious topics, but also thrown in to the mix is another world of magic and mystery.
And, of course, there are the books that balance this perfectly.
Those are my favorites.
I’m also a hopeful writer. Someday, I hope to see my books on bookshelves all around the world.
I want to balance these elements. I want to write books about love and hate and everything that comes along with being a teenager.
Life is not all sunshine and romance. Life is not all turmoil and distress. Life is everything and life is always moving.
The best authors, the ones who really understand, incorporate all of this in to their books.
One day, I hope to be one of those writers.
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