Dumbing Down Young Adult Fiction
So is it just me or have we dumb-downed young adult readers?
Without sharing my true vintage, (cough) I admit that in my youth YA fiction was almost non-existent. Um perhaps, I’ve answered my own question. Anyhow, as an average teen, I struggled with mathematics and the sciences.
Back then if you asked me what’s ‘pi squared’ I’d have answered, “Depends upon whether it’s apple or pumpkin.” Then I discovered authors like; Robert Lewis Stevenson, Agatha Christie, Jane Austin, Jules Vern, HG Wells, JRR Tolkien, Louis May Alcott, L Frank, and CS Lewis just to name a few.
Unwittingly, I was reading master storytellers that entertained and challenged me to stretch my imagination. And while I was imagining I was learning. Their stories were well-written prose that included creative word choices far exceeding my limited vocabulary of cool.
I hope we still have innovative authors to challenge the YA generation, but then perhaps, I expect too much.
What say you?
PS: This discussion covers ABA and CBA markets and anything in-between.