Re-reading A Song of Ice and Fire. Probably the best fantasy I've ever read in my entire life.
Just finished The Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft. Second volume in a series. First is Senlin Ascends.
This is one of the best and more original fantasy novels I've read in a very long time.
Yes. There's no connection for me. I just prefer books with deeper...everything. I'm also not a teen so there's that!
It's not about empathy and everything to do with love triangles (don't like those either), immature protagonists, and just not fulfilling stories for me. Nothing deep really.There are some YA books that explore plenty of deeper themes. They're not necessarily the most popular YA books, but they're quite good. But really this brings up a more interesting question from a writing perspective (and maybe one we need a new thread for)...you say you're not a teen. I'm not one either. Nor am I black, nor a woman, nor gay, nor a trans person...but I've recently read books with people fitting these various categories and I didn't find it to be a problem. So how close does a character have to be to a reader to elicit the reader's empathy and create a connection? It's a question I think about from time to time because all but one of my current works feature characters outside of the majority of the fantasy book demographic. Maybe it's worth a thread for comments.
I've found that YA tends to use particular themes and tropes. E.g. love triangles, coming-of-age, school-themed stuff, etc. There are a lot out there that don't (or at least not enough to bother me), but the majority of them do.
It's not about empathy and everything to do with love triangles (don't like those either), immature protagonists, and just not fulfilling stories for me. Nothing deep really.
I have read different YA books over the years, ones recommended to me and others that sounded interesting. It's just not something I like. Sorry, I wasn't trying to offend anyone!That's an overly narrow view of the category, imo. It describes the most popular YA somewhat accurately, at least from what I've seen, but leaves out a large number of works.