Veronica Roth’s Divergent series, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska have a few big things in common: They’re all YA, they’re all currently or soon to be major motion pictures, and they all made the top of Nielsen’s list of the bestselling books of 2014 so far.
Publisher’s Weekly put out the whole list, and also points out that five books on Nielsen’s Top 20 list are adaptations of the movie Frozen—clearly, readers are still melting for it. (Sorry if this brings back that earworm.)
The list is particularly timely, given the recent chatter about whether adults should even be reading YA books—which are traditionally targeted at readers ages 12-18—in the first place. (According to one 2012 study, more than half of YA books are bought by adults, often for their own reading.) While Slate recently published an article arguing that YA “books consistently indulge in the kind of endings that teenagers want to see, but which adult readers ought to reject as far too simple,” the response from CNN, Jezebel (title NSFW), The Washington Post and more incited a deep outcry of, essentially, “Read what you want.”
Considering the numbers in Nielsen’s report, though, the debate doesn’t seem to have put a damper on sales. What do you think about the stigma surrounding adults reading YA novels?
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