Read What the Fuck You Want to Read When You Want to Read It

by - 1:47 PM

           I guess I wanted to write this because, while I know my entire blog is just one giant opinion piece, I’ve had multiple conversations with people I’ve just met criticizing my genre of choice when it comes to reading. Alas, here’s another opinion: fuck off. I can read whatever the hell I want and it will never affect you.

            It seems like the two genres I mainly stick to—young adult and new adult romance—are the ones that get bashed the most. People argue that they’re “lacking depth” and they “don’t make you think.” And every single time I hear someone say those things, I just know, without a doubt, that they’ve never picked up a single Young Adult or New Adult book. Ever. Because, if they had, they’d know that those books are some of the most thought-provoking and real books that are out there.

            Just because the authors don’t have names that no one can pronounce and just because the books aren’t thousands of pages long and just because those pages aren’t filled with literally every SAT word known to man doesn’t mean that Young Adult and New Adult books aren’t worthy or shouldn’t be considered “literature.”

            Sure, some YA/NA is mindless fun—you don’t have to think very much while reading them. And that’s perfectly okay. A little escapism is healthy, especially in today’s world. However, much of YA and NA teach you about life. They teach you about friendship and love and the ups and downs of each of those, which is pretty invaluable information. It might not be concrete information or even new ideas, but it teaches younger readers and even adults like myself to always trust yourself, there’s always more than one side to every story, people aren’t always who you think they are, and so many more things that I will always cherish.

            One of the things that really blows my mind is that romance gets such a bad rap. People make fun of it so much—every time I go to a bookstore, I always see people laughing at the erotica section, which, I admit, can be a little ridiculous—but, why? Love is one of the most complex… things on this planet, yet people make fun of books written about it. Romance novels have taught me so many things when it comes to love and life and dealing with the craziness of it all.

            Good for you if you’re reading long, theoretical books or classics or whatever you want to read. I’ll stick to my genre and you stick to yours. They’re both valid and they’re both worthy. I shouldn’t have to defend my choice of book just because you’re stuck on your high horse that you can’t see just how important YA/NA is.

            Tl;dr: Read what you want. Read whatever makes you happy. And always, always, read for yourself and no one else. Don’t worry about what anyone else will think.

Always Yours,
The Wandereader

You May Also Like