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On a lack of respect for YA…
When the TES headline 'Today's young adult fiction is robbing our teenagers of the chance to become literate adults' started its viral journey across Twitter, I was quick to click

When the TES headline 'Today's young adult fiction is robbing our teenagers of the chance to become literate adults' started its viral journey across Twitter, I was quick to click.

And here’s a confession: I was hopeful when I landed on Joe Nutt's essay. I was keen to listen. The YA genre like any other section of publishing is not perfect or beyond improvement. I sometimes wonder if we shouldn't relax our trigger instinct to defend if it means hearing valuable critique.

But education consultant Nutt's argument – accusing publishers of peddling "gossip fodder" and "petty anxieties" which is dissuading young minds away from the classics and informative non-fiction – soon proved itself to be an exercise in fury over substance.

It is easy to call anxieties "petty", for example, if you have forgotten how it felt to experience them for the first time. And isn’t this an absolute raison d'etre of YA – to offer a safe space on the page to explore all the complexities, large and small, of coming-of-age? For the rest of the article

Source: The Bookseller

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