Should adults be embarrassed about loving books meant for teens? With The Fault in Our Stars expected to take in as much as $45 million this weekend at the box office — in no small part due to the swarm of grown-ups eager to see Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters live on the big screen — Slate writer Ruth Graham poses a question that might make some fans squirm: Should adults be ashamed about indulging in “literature” meant for the school-aged set?
Graham argues that YA offerings lack the depth and complexity that novels written for adults provide. “Fellow grown-ups, at the risk of sounding snobbish and joyless and old, we are better than this,” Graham writes matter-of-factly. Citing the fact that 28 percent of total YA sales are from adults between 30 and 44, Graham writes of her peers “if they are substituting maudlin teen dramas for the complexity of great adult literature, then they are missing something.”
Where do you stand? Are you proud to tote TFiOS — as the kids affectionately call Green’s best seller — during your morning commute? Or do you, like Graham, agree that “life is so short, and the list of truly great books for adults is so long”? Read her article here.