Should grownups read young adult fiction?
Well , in my view, why not? I still occasionally read children’s books, intended for a much younger age group. For example, I was in my local supermarket the other day, which also sells all kinds of books, and spotted a copy of Mary Poppins, which I’d never read. I’d seen the film of course, as famous for Dick Van Dyke’s infamous cockney accent, as for its spectacular dance and song routines, but I’d never read the story, so seized the opportunity to do so.
Many adults baulk at the idea of reading YA fiction, especially if it’s fantasy, regarding it as only fit for those adults of a childish, obsessive nature. Maybe that’s true of some, but certainly not all. I remember waiting for a train, on my way home from work, when I spotted a soberly suited man, about thirty in age, unashamedly reading a Harry Potter novel. He was stood in the middle of the platform and was clearly not bothered what anyone thought of his reading tastes – and why should he?
My own books are based in the genre of Ya urban dystopian fantasy, and I consider them to be readable by adults too. This is backed up by a review on amazon: