Adults Reading Young Adult Novels? Oh yes!

You know, when reading novels, I don’t think age matters. So, I’ll make a confession here. I’m a thirty-eight year old man who reads and enjoys young adult novels from time to time. How about you?

I’m sure everyone’s read Harry Potter. I read it all the way through and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was fun to read, and I have no problem letting people know that.

Do you think there’s a stigma against adults reading young adult novels? You sometimes hear some people saying, “You read that? But it’s for kids!” The same goes for watching cartoons or Disney movies. I still love watching Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, and Transformers. They’re lots of fun. And I like escaping from my life as an adult occasionally just to indulge in my inner child. And since I have a young child, I’ll continue watching kids shows for a long time. And I’ll enjoy it.

When it’s time for my daughter to read Harry Potter, I’ll gladly talk with her about the story, as well as watch the movies with her. No problem!

Are you an adult who enjoys young adult novels?

34 thoughts on “Adults Reading Young Adult Novels? Oh yes!”

  1. Personally, I may only be twenty-three, but I love young-adult novels. I often find that they have the tendency(sometimes)to better focus on the main plot line rather then the romance in the adult novels that I’ve read. I also prefer writing my own young adult novels as well although I do occasionally write an adult novel. I watch little kids shows all the time. My tv stays on Boomerang and I watch some of the newer shows on Disney like Gamer’s Guide to Everything, Girl Meet’s World(I loved Boy Meets World as a kid), and Scooby-Doo. I definitely still watch Scooby, all the time.
    I love How To Train Your Dragon. I own the movies as well as the series and I collect some of the figurines. I also love Frozen and Beauty and the Beast and I own a lot of clothes from Hot Topic proclaiming my love of Harry Potter(which I reread all the time), Frozen, B&B, and How To Train Your Dragon and I still will in 10 years, 20, 50, until I die and I’m not ashamed to admit that.

    1. I forgot about Scooby-Doo! I always loved watching it when I was a kid and an adult. It’s interesting how so many Hanna Barbera and Warner Brothers cartoons were made for both adults and kids, considering there was some adult humour that went over the heads of children.

      1. I loved Lauren Kate’s Fallen Series. It’s about a love story between a fallen angel and a human. I really enjoy reading fantasy/sci-fi novels. And anything that my preteen picks up for school is automatically on my ready list too. 😄

  2. Some YA stuff is great. Ok I am about to turn 27 so I still consider myself young 🙂
    There is a great quote by Stefan Zweig about Fairytales saying that we can read them many times, first as children believing in the magical worlds and then again as grown ups understanding the deeper messages of the stories.
    I do think that there are so many messages in children’s and young adult literature that is not only aimed at kids.
    I recently read two middle grade novels and they were amazing, packed with life lessons and beautiful writing.

  3. I read a lot of teen and middle grade fantasy and sf. Some of it is great! But then, I work at a library and try to provide reading recommendations to all of our customers regardless of age, so it’s just part of the job.

      1. You never know… Once you’re back in Canada, you might always find an opening. I’m a page, which mostly just requires knowing the alphabet really well (I like the grunt-work of shelving, it lets me think about my writing stuff). Most of the staff in my system worked their way up from page to everything below Librarian — that’s the only job where you need a specific degree. And we all help customers with recommendations.

        1. I have a feeling a library job as a page in Canada won’t pay much. I won’t have any rent to pay, but I do have a desire to save money. But who knows? I’ve seen openings in bookstores for managers-in-training, and that looks attractive.

    1. Maybe it wasn’t her intention to write for that audience, but it’s been labelled as a YA or children’s novel. Though I have to say that the later books are so dark and serious, I have a hard time believing they’re YA.

      1. I agree. The first couple could be for children, but the entire series does not fit there. As the characters age, the situations do get darker and darker. We were lucky that, as the new books came out, our younger daughter was able to keep up maturity level with the material. It will be a more difficult decision on when to introduce them now that they are all out.

        1. I think the reading level may have been at about the same level as the characters’ ages. As they grow up, the reader is also growing up with them.

            1. Very good timing, then. I read them all in my 30s. I think I was old enough to understand them. The slang, though, I had trouble with that.

            2. They did make some changes in the American editions, some words that are defined differently, but others that are slang. Some slang terms were left in their British form. Snogging comes to mind…

            3. Ah, okay. I didn’t actually notice any difference when I switched between versions. Most of the ones I read were British version.

  4. I read whatever I want – but a lot of my favorites are in the YA genre. I also write YA fantasy, but I’m not consciously writing for that audience. It just happens to be the age range of my characters and my writing style is easy to read, so voila! I’m a YA writer. Honestly though, a lot of YA doesn’t feel childish at all – look at the later books in Harry Potter, the Hunger Games (dude, they kill CHILDREN on public televison – I still can’t grasp where that concept came from) or Throne of Glass (which follows an assassin). There’s plenty of adult themes in YA – I think they’re just written at the perfect level to read and enjoy without a lot of excess baggage. After all, aren’t teenagers known for short attention spans? 😀
    Huh. I think I just figured out why I like them so much. XD

    1. Yup, some of those so-called YA titles are incredibly dark.

      My first full novel will feature mainly teenagers and children. It’s not intended to be YA, though, as subsequent books will be mainly adults.

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