Hey guys! Ooooh I’ve never did a discussion post on a Sunday! This is really weird, but this is a kind of a lazy Sunday so I thought I might as well!
So on Monday I made my fortnightly I’m Wittier In Writing post- which is a series of post where I just discuss writing and any news of any writtery (yep, I know that’s not a word) stuff that has happened to me. In the recent chapter- Chapter 5: Adult Fiction…But I’m A Teen!– I talked about how I got an idea for an adult/general fiction story but felt anxious about writing it because the main character would be a thirty year old widow which I’m clearly not. Thankfully, you guys gave me some great ideas and support in the comments and now I feel a lot less worried about writing that story.
For this discussion post I’m going to be talking about the reader aspects of this natural limiting action that I find that we do way too much.
It’s only logical to think that children aged 8-12 should read middle grade, teenagers should read young adult and adults should read adult/general fiction. But then again, it isn’t. Reading is anything but logical and sensible. It’s wild, limitless and exploratory. So giving ourselves this tight brackets to read from is anything but sensible and logical. Half (or even more than half) of the people that read YA aren’t teenagers which isn’t a bad thing at all.
While reading yes you connect to characters because they are the same age of you or because they have to work for five days a week as well or because they have tons of homework to do. But you also connect to them because of the emotions they are feeling- you can relate to the heartbreak they are feeling or how they feel lost or the grief that they are experiencing. Those emotions aren’t contained to one genre, they are experienced within each age bracket. Just because you are reading an adult/general fiction book don’t assume that your not going to enjoy it because you haven’t reached that part in your life. You should feel fee to read whatever you want!
The same goes for middle grade. Middle Grade gets looked over a lot. It feels like the middle grade is at the bottom of the genre hierarchy. Adult fiction is something that is too high, while middle grade is too low. I’m not saying that young adult is the happy medium but this is what I’ve spotted. Well Harry Potter started off as a middle grade series and guess what, IT’S BRILLIANT! Anyone who says Harry Potter is too young for them or childish, I have to walk away, because the Harry Potter is the perfect example of a middle grade/young adult series which is truly for anyone of any age because it’s themes are transverse.
I guess this post is really for me, to convince myself that just because you don’t fit into a bracket doesn’t mean you should limit yourself. This post is also for anyone who limits themselves because of age. Boundaries are for losers!
What do you think? Do you think boundaries like adult, young adult and middle grade limit us too much? Do you sometimes limit yourself because of those tags? I’d love to know what you think!
I’ll write soon!