Why the YA Community isn’t for teens, a lot of the time 

I’m back again! 

This time not a review or a reaction, a thinkpiece at best. 

YA without a doubt is my go to genre. Whenever I go to my local library that’s my safe place. I know that they’re new things to explore and familiar things as well. I’ve been reading YA my whole life, as a teen it’s awesome to be taken seriously when so many brush us off. 

As much I was a fan of the YA genre, I was terrified to start a book blog. I didn’t think I would be taken seriously as a reviewer in the YA genre. Most of the reviewers I saw in this community where older and it was intimidating. Finally I said screw it, isn’t YA for teens anyway?

That’s what I think so many people forget: YA is for teens! Why should I be intimidated to talk about a genre written for me? Why should I be afraid to speak out in a community that’s about me? I admit I’m late to game, I just turned 18 and to most that means I’m not a kid anymore. They’re right I recognize that I’m getting older but, why aren’t teens getting recognition in a genre that’s about them?

Why should those that are clearly not teenagers anymore and don’t work with teenagers get more rep in this community than a 15 year old? 

We need to make this community safe for all teens. Give them a platform to speak out in this community, don’t speak over them. YA is for teens but so many of us forget that too often. 

As someone who’s barely out of her teens, I often feel ignored in favor of those older than me. I feel way more afraid to speak my mind than someone who is thirty years old and white. I live in constant fear that I’ll be attacked for speaking out against injustices in this community. I feel the constant need to prove myself in this community that should be about kids my age. When I hear people say this community isn’t fun anymore, I laugh because it’s hardly fun for a teen my age. 

 I’m not the most eloquent writer, nor do I know how to express myself very well but I try all the time. I’m not perfect but I’m willing to listen and learn to those I’ve hurt. But those that are older in this community very rarely listen. 

I’m rambling now, but I wrote this post because I want teens to feel safe and heard in this community. I want teens to have a voice in a genre that’s about them. 

Love, 

Tatiana

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2 Comments

  1. As a white 32 year old who reads and reviews a lot of YA, I would LOVE to hear more from teens about YA. And I don’t consider a person out of their teens until they hit 20 fwiw.

    I want to converse with teens and talk with them and maybe educate them on things they don’t know and maybe should (like civics or dispelling sex myths or helping to educate them about their own bodies or why a racist viewpoint is bad etc) and make them feel like their voices and thoughts matter. Because they do.

    Younger generations get a lot of shit from older generations and it honestly needs to stop. We need to nurture the younger generations so that they’re prepared for when it’s their time to be adults and start making adult decisions. Most adults would be surprised at how much they could learn from the younger generation if they’d only stop shitting on them and take the time to sit down and listen with them and not be condescending shits. And treat them with respect.

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  2. I definitely agree with all of this! I’m 18 and going to be turning 19 in November. Even though I’m not the target age, I keep wondering why these adults are taking over YA and how the drama usually starts in the book community between adults or because of an adult. It’s crazy and kind of aggravating.

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