All posts tagged: YA fiction

Book Review – Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Hello, everyone! So amid my flurry of writing job applications, I managed to squeeze in reading the latest installment in one of my FAVOURITE series. Goldenhand is the fifth book in this super awesome series. As normal, with this being a later book in the series, I want to avoid any spoilers of any of the books but you can go read my review on the first book, Sabriel, to find out more about the series, but in a few words it’s about: Magic, Necromancy (both good and bad), bells, and talking animals! I really enjoyed this installment, although Sabriel does still remain my favourite of the series. We get to revisit some of our favourite characters in this book (although perhaps not a much of the talking animals as I would have liked), as well as meeting a new POV character. Some parts of the romance in the book felt just a little too rushed, and just a little out of character (but that could just be my non-romantic cold, cold heart). Unfortunately, this was …

I am an adult, I read YA, and I am not the slightest bit ashamed.

Every single one of us who is an adult and reads YA fiction has faced one thing in their lives: Pretentious, judgmental assholes. They are ubiquitous and unfortunately unavoidable. You know who I mean. The ones who look down their nose at your copy of Percy Jackson while waving their dog-eared copy of Infinite Jest in your face before imparting their wisdom to your lowly YA-reading self, always the same; “Why don’t you read REAL fiction?” We have all had one of these self-important wankers judge us, probably numerous times. We’ve been told over an over again that YA fiction is just fluff, that it’s too simple and doesn’t deal with complex issues. There’s nothing more frustrating than being berated with this sort of condescending bullshit, because it’s utter rubbish. No one who has read something like Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Trilogy, for example, could claim that YA is either fluff or simple. I read a lot of YA, and I also read a lot of adult fiction as well, I probably even prefer adult fiction, but …