Yeah, I know — OOPS.
Anyway, we got to talking because he’s an amazing writer I just didn’t care for the steam or the language and we wound up discussing how YA is even a category.
The American Library Association (ALA) defines “YA” as a reader between the age of 12 to 18 years old. While everyone knows that 18 is “legally” an adult, to me it’s a joke that we even lump what an 18 year old would be able to read, both mature and graphically, as the same as a 12 year old. An 18 can be given a gun and sent to another country to kill someone in a war, but a twelve year old can’t. And somehow the literary world thinks that we can just lump those huge juxtaposing maturities of ages into one broad category called “YA”. Further, YA should not be a reading level of the reader as many adults read YA books. YA truly is a reference to the characters in the book.
I’ve noticed a sad assumption also in the literary world that if you have a book that has characters between the ages of 12-18 it is automatically assumed to be a YA book. Of course, no one gives a thought to contact the writer to see if that is the intended age range of the work. Cormac McCarthy’s book The Road has a little boy in it, yet no one in their right minds would ever think that The Road is YA.
While the lawyer in me wants to argue that Legends of Amun Ra could be called YA because YA is defined as up to 18 years of age, the uncle in me realizes that YA as a general category is seriously messed up. I would never want my 12 year old nieces and nephews reading my own work based upon the preconceived notion that it is YA. While I firmly believe that it is appropriate for 16 years or above, I wrote Legends of Amun Ra (and all works under that name) as adult books.
So how can we – as reviews & as authors – help the purchasers?
I have to admit it would never occur to me to contact a writer directly and ask who is the intended reader. I guess that’s why I have YA steam ranking and then an age rating as well — because they are completely different areas too!!
What are your thoughts?
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More About Josh:
Joshua Silverman was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Orange County, California.
While attending California State University, Fullerton and studying Criminal Justice, Joshua was introduced to a creative writing class where he wrote a series of paranormal stories. As a child, he has always been an amateur historian, focusing on ancient Egypt, Greece, and Roman civilizations.
Since working in the legal environment, he has combined his passion for creative writing with his love of ancient history by penning his debut novel, The Emerald Tablet, the first of seven in the Legends of Amun Ra series.
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