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A CRITICISM ON THE CRITICISM OF YA LITERATURE

A brilliant critical piece on how critics excuse their mysogeny when criticizing YA Literature. If you never read another article on this topic, this article is the one to read.

QUOTE I LOVE:

And there it is. ”Boys adventures and female sentimentality” defines YA fiction. Because even though this book was written in 1960, we still use the phrase “female sentimentality” like it’s perfectly appropriate.

But apparently when describing YA fiction, it is.

Because this is the insidious undercurrent of all this head-shaking. YA literature, after all, is thought by anyone with a three-book-deep knowledge of the field to be the province of female authors and the silly teenage girls they write for. The books are simple, with simple world views, and they definitely do not address “appropriate subjects for sophisticated pieces of narrative art.” Because how could literature written for and about teenage girls be sophisticated pieces of narrative art?

CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE ENTRY. (It is long but seriously people, this article is important -- the entire thing -- so take about five to ten minutes to read the entire thing and click through the credited research because these arguments and points need to be made and then share it. Please.)

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