This is a post topic I have been thinking about for a while. It started as I was reading The Rivals by Whitney Davis. There’s a scene where they’re in class discussing why teens are so important. And you know, teens and young adults are the most important people in the world.
So that statement may sound kind of crazy, but just think about it.
Popular culture is completely driven by what young adults are into. The most money made in music is from bands teens like. The movies that make the money are the ones young people like. The clothes that are fashionable are all for young adults. Technology is mastered by young adults way before most adults catch on. So obviously the best books are also the ones about and for young adults.
Young adults are in their physical prime. All older adults spend tons of money trying to recapture their looks of youth. Obesity epidemic aside, it is young people who can be thin and fit without trying hard. Young people are in their sexual prime as well (though we don’t like to think about it in those under 18).
Also, young people are the most free. They still have their whole lives ahead of them. They have infinite opportunities to choose from, while the older we get, the more stuck in our lives we tend to feel.
Though young people are inexperienced and often make decisions that older people consider stupid, they are extremely fast learners. Their minds work much more quickly than old, tired minds, and they can learn so much in a much shorter period of time.
Those who write YA books are writing books for the most powerful audience in the world, whether the world is willing to recognize that or not.
Anyone have anything to add? Or maybe I’m missing something and have it all wrong. I’d love to hear your comments!
Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion on Thursday!