Because I’m seriously salty as hell right now; I just remembered this controversial topic that is going on Twitter right now, or well the past few days. Or maybe I just dreamed up the whole thing, it’s possible. I’ve been half-asleep that past few days because hello anxiety attack where suddenly I’m the expert on what the difference between an anxiety attack and a panic attack. If someone asks me that, look it up.
Teens Don’t Have Money-Adults Do
This is probably the main reason right here. I’m fifteen-years-old who does not have a permit yet, nor a job. A lot of teens don’t have a full time job. They’re probably lucky enough to have a part-time job after school and such, but teens primarily get jobs during the summer where they don’t have to worry about school and all that.
Publishers are mostly focused on who is buying the book. A lot of times it’s adults, because they have money to spend, and not teens. I spend months perhaps years collecting money, to spend it on books or things I simply want.
More Adult Readers Reads YA-Often Whining about Protagonists
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure this true. I see a lot of adult people reading YA and writing a negative review because the protagonist who is a teen isn’t making an adult enough decision.
Oh my god. Guess what? You know there are books that are adult, and new adult right? And they have characters who act adult enough, and not these ridiculous teens that you keep whining about in books. I know, it’s such a shocker. But guess what, they exist and leave your shitty comments out about how the protagonists is not acting like an adult who has their life together out especially in Young Adult Books.
Protagonists who are teens don’t have our lives together. I’m sorry people, but we don’t. We’re stressed about what society thinks about, we’re constantly told “we have to save the world” or is it my school that says that? We have hormones running through our body, we make poor decisions. And yet you whine about us not having our lives together in books?
Just leave teens alone for once. We’re stressed out. This is not like the 1980’s anymore, this is 2019 and a lot of things changed. We don’t have our lives together.
So now authors are writing teen protagonists who are more mature in a sense, and keeps the mentality of, “I’m older than my peers.” because that’s where the money comes in, and that’s what people say quite a bit. It’s annoying and probably leads us to the whole disjointed YA but that is another discussion for another day.
It’s very rare to see protagonists actually act they’re age instead of pretending they’re 17 going 25 or something like that. That mentality hasn’t died yet, in fact it’s really increasing and now it’s getting harder to find an actual protagonist who acts their age that they’re written.
It’s so tiring and I wish the authors knew what they were doing. Catering to the adult reviewers than listening to what YA should be-actual teen readers. It’s not cool, and I can’t relate to it. It needs to stop.
I’m pretty sure there are other reasons, but I really can’t think of them. I’m not saying adults should not stop reading YA books in total, but they should literally stop complaining about the protagonists actions, doing something they wouldn’t do. It also doesn’t help the authors who are writing teen books, writing those who are older than actual age.