Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
This week's discussion question:
Are you becoming disenchanted with YA?
I have noticed over the last couple of years that I am pulling away from the Young Adult Genre. Before I started blogging, I hardly ever read YA, but then when I started my blog back in 2011, YA was all the rage. If you wanted to be an influential blog, you had to review YA. Everyone was reading YA. I admit having not read the genre very much, I was intrigued. Plus there were so many terrific YA series coming out from dystopian, paranormal romance to contemporary. I was hooked, and I found myself, at least for the first four years of blogging, reading mostly YA.
Six years into blogging, I find that now, I am steering further and further away from the genre, and it doesn't seem like I am alone. I have noticed the same trend among all the blogs I visit. Which isn't a bad thing, because I remember back in the day, the same book used to pop up over and over across the blogosphere. These days, I am seeing more and more diversity on the blogs I follow, which I love. It is nice to see so many different books reviewed instead of the same ones.
Which leads me to my question: Is it because YA is losing it's allure? I have to say yes. When I first started reading YA, I was immediately put off by the cliffhangers and the love triangles. Two tropes that have plagued YA, and continue to do so. As an adult reader, I don't have much patience for the dreaded cliffhanger because often times by the time the next book releases a year later, I have forgotten much of what happened in the first book, or I just don't care anymore. Don't even get me started on the love triangle.
Perhaps another reason YA is losing it's appeal is that I feel like I have been there done that. At first, there was so much creativity and diversity, and now days, I feel like the stories are recycled. Maybe it's just me.
I have also grown tired of the disappointments. I can't tell you how many times I have picked up one of the big buzz YA books only to find that it was a fizzle. Time and time again, I have been discouraged and frustrated by the books publisher are pumping as the next big read. I am to the point where I don't want to go near one of the buzz books.
I am tired of the teenage drama. As an adult, my teenage years are far behind me, and I have grown weary of teenage angst and dramatics in my reading.
Finally, I felt like I was in a rut with the YA genre so I decided to go back to my roots and start reading some old favorite authors and series, and it was so refreshing to read grown up books again. Most adult books don't have nasty cliffhangers, and they don't rely on love triangles as much either.
For me, it is all about reading what I want, and I am happy that I have found more diversification and balance in my reading and blogging. YA was fun for awhile, but I am ready for more adult books. I am not saying that I won't occasionally pick up a YA read, but for now, I am only reading them sparingly.
What about you, have you steered away from YA? Why or why not? Do you think it is still appealing?
Next week's question:
Do you cheat and read ahead while reading a book?