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More Than Just Vampires and Wizards: Why Young Adult Fiction is Worth Your Time and Money

I love books, and always have. I’m always eager to uncover an old — or new — book to devour, and, if it’s a worthy candidate, share with others who also have a passion for reading. Many of the books I consider classics aren’t titles you’d find in the adult fiction section at your friendly neighborhood (or even online) bookstore. I’m an avid reader in just about any genre, but I’m frustrated about the bias and lack of enthusiasm I still encounter for the books in young adult fiction. This isn’t to say that I don’t understand the sentiment.

There’s both fantastic writing and less-than-stellar writing in any genre, to be sure. Lately, however, I’m finding a wonderful depth, richness and quality in the Y.A. (young adult) literature. For readers who know their books, there’s plenty to love about titles in this category: they may be written and marketed to folks between 14 and 21, but the best of them transcend any silly marketing ploys or over-saturated plot lines.

While young adult fiction is still part of children’s fiction, it’s distinctly different in tone and subject matter, and not only because the protagonists are teens or young adults. They still have the basic novel structure and character development of most adult books, but they’re typically more concerned with the coming-of-age of their protagonists or the difficulties faced by someone who’s growing up. So what makes them different from an adult fiction book with similar themes?

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