What To Do When You Are No Longer The Intended Audience of The Books You Love.


So I’m 18 and a half and while this has sparked tons of terrifying thoughts about the future and responsibilities, it also has made me realize that the majority of the books I read aren’t marketed towards me and aren’t about people my age which is frankly kind of weird. I never thought that I’d be in a position where I look at characters who are in their junior year and think to myself “wow they’re so young”. I always thought that I’d relate to their stories but high school isn’t my reality anymore so when I read about people going to prom or graduating, it’s  disconcerting for me to compare it to my own experiences. These moments  always seemed so far away to me but I’ve lived them and they’re over and that’s so weird. I think it’s especially bizarre for me because I live in Quebec and though in any other province or state, I’d be getting ready for University in Quebec instead we have a two year program that’s called  Cegep. So I’ve been living on my own for a year now and sometimes I wish that we didn’t live in such an American Centric society because I would have loved to read a YA book about CEGEP so I could feel a little bit better about my situation. Who knows? Maybe I’ll write one one day. Anyway all this to say I thought that I’d write a discussion on my thoughts of no longer being able to relate as much to the YA books I love so.

I’m never going to stop loving YA books. I mean sure I read adult books and I love a lot of them but I find that there’s just so much more books that I enjoy that are in the YA demographic. YA books are amazing cause they portray so many different experiences that I’ve never seen being portrayed in adult books. Plus there’s nothing quite like the cure of a good contemporary YA novel to get me out of a reading slump. Young adult books will always be the books I reach for and I can’t wait to see how they evolve as the years go on.  I also know that there’s going to come a time where I’m going to look at these characters and their decisions and maybe I won’t be as empathetic as I used to be. I just hope that when that day comes, I will realize that that’s because I’m no longer a teen and I won’t judge them for being young. It has already started to occur and I’m trying to be as introspective as possible. I also hope that if I continue to write reviews on this blog that my reviews will not be jaded.

This is not as applicable to me  because I really don’t interact that much with the people in the bookish community but it’s also really important for adults to respect teens boundaries. This is first and foremost their space and for adults to butt in is and act as if they’re far superior is really annoying and immature. An Adult can enjoy Young Adult books while respecting the actual teens who read YA.

What Are Your Thoughts? How Do You Feel About No Longer Being The Intended Audience Of Books You Love?


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  1. At 26 I’ve just jumped a few years past the older end of the demographic, but I think I read a lot of it because there is such a great mix of books and genres. I know that’s the same for Adult books but I think that because I have gone through school and adolescence, aspects are more relatable to me. I also still have that teenage feeling of uncertainty, especially in regards to future careers and things so it just feels more natural to experience the journeys of all the different characters and know it’s okay to feel that way. Next to that, I think I also tend to read more YA Fantasy than Adult Fantasy because really dense, high fantasy is something I do struggle with from time and time and although there is not much of a difference between YA and Adult Fantasy, I can get more into the world when younger characters are beginning to explore its complexities as well.

    Whenever I review a YA though, I’m always careful about describing the experience and my thoughts on it because it is so not my place as an adult to say that a experience isn’t relatable because it didn’t happen to me. I mean I’ve realised this with a lot of the YA Contemporaries that are very heavy on the romance because whilst that wasn’t my personal experience as a teenager, that doesn’t mean someone else didn’t and doesn’t relate it. The same can be said for Middle Grade. I read the odd Middle Grade and when I come to write my thoughts on it, I just stick to the fun and cool adventures that the characters go on rather than the writing because it is clear from the off that we are not the intended audience.

    Wow, I didn’t mean for that comment to get really long but it is really important to remember that as Adult readers of YA we need to be respectful of the space and escape that YA books give to teens. It’s great that you took the time to write such a post because it’s certainly something that needs to be said.

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    1. Yeah I definitely agree with everything that you said!! i think as we grow older, reading YA is smth that takes a lot more effort which is honstly fine cause i love YA but it’s still very weird for it to no longer be the easy ride it was when I was a young teen

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      1. I can’t really compare because I stumbled onto YA as an adult. Things like Twilight, Harry Potter and the first few Shadowhunter books were around when I was a teenager but YA was only just breaking out so I wasn’t really aware of it. I also tended to stick to classics and adult fiction as a teen, because that’s what was available to me and what I was interested in.

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  2. I spent my teen years reading adult books, so i was not really the intended audience. But i couldn’t care less. I enjoyed them a lot anyway. 😀
    I don’t think there’s an age restriction on books once you reach a certain age.
    Like i wouldn’t give an adult horror to a 10 year old, but adults reading YA should not raise any eyebrows.

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