ArmchairBEA 2013: Keeping it Real & Children’s/Young Adult Literature

Posted June 1, 2013 by Michael @ Knowledge Lost in ArmchairBEA / 13 Comments

armchairBEAWhat do you mean by “keeping it real”? Does this come back to ethics or are we talking about relating to our audience? Like I said when I ranted a little about authors and ethics, I try to be transparent and talk about what works for me and what doesn’t. I want people to read my blog and get my honest opinion. Sure, I get ARCs and sometimes it feels like the publisher stops sending me books because of a bad review but I think that is just my imagination. The publicists I’ve talked to that work in the book industry have told me that they don’t have a problem with bad reviews, it is about getting exposure to the book and they know that some people won’t like it but at least the book is getting talked about. Now if you are talking about writing material that will keep readers coming back for more then I’m probably not the right person to ask. I like to review all my books and write bookish posts on topics I’ve been thinking about, I love comments but I’m not too worried if I don’t get any. I’ve said this before, this is just a way for me to express my passion for books and if I get readers, that is just a bonus.

So now let’s move on to Children’s/Young Adult Literature; genres that I often struggle with. First of all, children’s books like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Little Prince are wonderful philosophical novels but I don’t know how to write a decent review for them. Then you get great picture books like I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen which I love and want on my bookshelf but when it comes to the book blogging world, I don’t know how to approach them in a blog. I have a love/hate relationship with Young Adult books, I want to enjoy them and for some I have but I really want more from most of them. I’m really getting sick of all the dystopian and paranormal YA novels but people love them and good for them, I’m just personally over them. I know erotica is the new big thing but I think YA (and maybe even NA) will remain big sellers in the book world.

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13 responses to “ArmchairBEA 2013: Keeping it Real & Children’s/Young Adult Literature

  1. Kaylee E

    I know this love hate relationship with YA well. For every great YA book there is, there’s a dozen paranormal YA books that I find boring and derivative. But I’m glad YA as a genre is growing, it’s a nice stepping stone for people who don’t read much or haven’t worked out what they like.

  2. Giraffe_Days

    I loved I Want My Hat Back, my sister sent it to me for my son when he turned 1 last year. I do review picture books on my blog but they aren’t great reviews – how do you review a picture book?! I’ve no idea – but I still want to share them around. Picture books definitely deserve a bit more air time!

    I’m not able to read lots of YA either. I buy them when they interest me (and sometimes the pretty covers have way too much influence!), but I’m often disappointed by them. I wouldn’t mind all the dystopian books if only they actually WERE dystopian! I hate it when people mis-label, and then suddenly the term “dystopia” comes to mean something entirely different than it used to just because people aren’t taking the time to really understand it (instead, they fit the label to to the books, thus distorting the sub-genre). shrug. It’s a pet peeve.

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