Saturday, March 6, 2010

I Love YA...

And let me tell you why...

I guess I should clarify everything by saying I read all kinds of books, Stephen King is my favorite author and I followed Oprah's book club suggestions like The Holy Grail. But lately I find myself oohing and ahhing more over YA books than anything else. I LOVE tales of the supernatural and there is just SO much to choose from in the teen aisle these days. From werewolves to vampires to fairies, it's all there. But how did I get to that aisle in the first place??? No, I'm not a Twi Mom (I must confess, I've never read the series!)....what I AM is a fan of fantasy and science fiction. However I was getting increasingly frustrated by the books crowding that section at the bookstore. Nearly EVERY book seemed to be about some woman deep in vampire romance. And I tried to get into them, really I did. But it seemed like story was constantly being sacrificed for page after page of sex. Sex that seemed to be written for women who just ain't gettin' any. I read that stuff when I was a teenager and it was EXCITING! FORBIDDEN! But I really don't need my books to read like letters to Forum...
Simply put, I like story. And YA delivers.
So HOW did I make the jump?? The book Beautiful Creatures (by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl) was featured on Amazon one day and it sounded yummy! My munchkin got it for me for Christmas (I might have dropped a hint or two!) and I was not disappointed...and my love affair with YA began....

2 comments:

Midnyte Reader said...

I loved this post. And I totally agree with you! I guess the fantasy of having "relations" with paranormal creatures sells. I have Beautiful Creatures in my TBR pile.

Vampires and Tofu said...

Thanks so much! Beautiful Creatures remains one of my favorite reads of the year...hope they make a movie of it soon, it's perfect for the screen!