Post Reply For the older teen fiction novel readers, has anyone ever questioned why you read books for teens?
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Posted 10/25/16
I'm curious to know if any people over the age twenty reads teen novels and get asked why. I'm twenty-five years old and I still read teen fiction mainly because it's more appealing. I could read something more suited for someone my age but it's boring. I never really been questioned why I read books meant for teenagers but if I ever do I wouldn't really know what to say. I was just wondering if any of you CR Users have had this problem. Is it weird that I choose to read books meant for teens and not read books for adults? Let me know what you think.
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Posted 10/26/16
If someone tells me a book is good, I will read it regardless of target demo.

Like the Hunger Games books.

My old room mate's girlfriend had checked out the first book and was telling me about it. She knew they were making a movie. I liked it so much I went and got the other two books and read all 3 over the span of about 5 days.
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Posted 10/26/16
I read whatever, and no one's questioned me. It's very rare to come across people who care enough to ever inquire, and for good reason; people rarely stick within their literature "age-group," and usually choose based upon their reading ability and various tastes. So, "no," it's not strange for an adult to read "teen books." Besides, it's usually adults who write them, rendering the point largely moot.
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Posted 10/27/16

Yamstarch wrote:

If someone tells me a book is good, I will read it regardless of target demo.



^^This. If a book has a cool concept that gets my attention, I don't care what demographic it's aimed at.
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I am fully unaware of the demographics of the books I read, but in general people classify EVERYTHING as 'young adult', so your teen books. Everything.
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Posted 10/27/16 , edited 10/27/16
*shrugs*

Reading at all is so rare where I live (... the U.S.) that I doubt anybody would raise a brow, especially because the boundaries of this particular genre are not well-defined. I mean, people of all ages read Harry Potter, after all. And Star Wars: Lost Stars is technically a "young adult" book, but it's also one of the best Star Wars books I've ever, and I've been reading those almost since they started publishing them.
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Posted 10/27/16
Thanks guys.
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qwueri wrote:


Yamstarch wrote:

If someone tells me a book is good, I will read it regardless of target demo.



^^This. If a book has a cool concept that gets my attention, I don't care what demographic it's aimed at.


I'm in agreement with you both. If I find a book good, I'll read it.
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Well, I used to work in Teen Services for a library, so I at least had that excuse if people ever poked fun! xD Outside of that context, though, no one's ever really questioned it, and when it comes down to it, I simply find teen fiction more fast paced and fun to read than fiction actually aimed at my demographic. At the end of the day, I want a light, easy read, not something that makes me as stressed as the workday itself. Really, though, I'll read anything that's fun, no matter what age group it aims for.
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not really, I am 30, and no one has every said anything to be about reading light novels, it the same has reading lord of the rings, Harry potter, Narnia, Star Wars, Star Trek, lots of adults read those things.

I have only got asked that when I read comics and Manga even if they are mature comics and Manga. & most think all mature comics & manga are dirty even if there not.
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Well...I am a cultural and literary studies major in my early twenties...so of course have I asked myself why I read those books. Even a few friends of mine frome university asked me why I am still reading stuff like the Maze Runner.
Once they do it I simply get into teacher mode and explain to them the difference between teen fiction (target audience ca. 12-16yrs-old) and Young Adult literature (target audience ca. 16 - 25yrs-old) as well as why stereotyping literature is bad.

Btw: I read them because I feel my generation's issues and fears are way better shown and reflected in YA. Then there are also books like Harry Potter who just show more and more layers the older you get. It seemed to be a whole different story every time I picked up the book.
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Eh, whatever. One of the perks of being an adult is that you can enjoy what you want to enjoy, and if you want to spend your time/money on teen novels then more power to you. I will say, that none of the truly great books I've read have been YA books. I like a quick read as much as the next person, but I find that great art is the art that does not sit comfortably with you. The Hunger Games was an amusing enough story, and she should have stopped with the first book because the story kind of got away from her after that, but it wasn't anything more. I read a lot of great things this past year. Some of those things I even liked. A Farewell to Arms really got to me. I really didn't like Hemingway when we had to read him in high school, and I decided to give him another chance. When I read a YA book I usually think, wow, I could do better, what am I doing with my life? But after reading A Farewell to Arms I thought, "I will never be this good, and I don't want to suffer enough to try." I read it months ago, and I didn't even really like the characters, but when I think about it I still feel like crying and there is this lump of lead in my heart. I mean damn it!

Obviously, if we spent all of our time reading things that were difficult and painful and beautiful, we would be very tired. But I believe in doing so occasionally. And also, at some point I turned into an adult, and it's hard to relate to teenage characters anymore. I just think, wow, being a teenager is awful. I'm so glad that I'm past that. I just want to tell the angsty teen characters that they should take a break, be less hard on themselves, and not worry. Eventually all these struggles will seem so small and strange and you will find a way to be happy and to be yourself. And also pay bills...
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