All YA Is #MorallyComplicatedYA
Hello guys! So IDK if you’ve heard but Twitter has blown up once again at least in the book world. Why you ask? Because of an author who got a 6 figure publishing deal (yay!) who took a swing at YA authors and readers (boo!). The article that started it is YA Debut Gets Six-Figure Deal, Sold to 16 Territories and Jerry Bruckheimer and it features some interestingly horrible thoughts/words like (and I quote):
“The morality of the book is more complicated than a lot of YA so I wanted to try doing it on my own,” Bergstrom* said. “In a lot of YA, the conflict takes place inside a walled garden, set up by outside adult forces. If you think of those stories as a metaphor for high school, they start to make a lot more sense, but that was one thing I wanted to depart from.”
Guywhohasn’treadYAsaywhat? Like, SERIOUSLY? Now everyone rightly hated/hates this. Who wouldn’t? Every YA author is out there saying “thanks for pigeonholing my book” and then “what do you mean by book is not complex?” Like, are you seriously going to tell me that Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Throne of Glass, The Young Elites to name a few are not complex? That their morality is not complicated? Have you even read YA? Do you not see anything within YA fantasy or contemporary at the very least that is morally complicated? Because from just those two sub genres of YA you can read about every problem known to man from dragons to drugs.
Oh but wait there’s more!
Bergstrom’s heroine is Gwendolyn Bloom, a Jewish, slightly overweight 17-year-old, who is transformed into a “lean warrior with hair dyed fire-engine red,” during her mission to rescue her father, a kidnapped diplomat.
Now let’s talk about the fact that he had his heroine turn from overweight to lean for a mission? I mean it’s not that bad – people can do what they wish with their body when they wish to do so- but it’s the next part, “warrior” that’s gotten me and everyone else worked up; is he implying that to be a warrior you can’t be overweight (or just skinny for that matter)? Are you saying that anyone who isn’t lean (and yes that’s different than just skinny) isn’t a warrior? Can you tell that to everyone out there with body issues any louder because I don’t think we heard you and your horrible words.
Next on the list of not annoyances but just “why?” questions is the “hair dyed fire engine red” part. Like, what is that going to do for me? It’s definitely not going to make me want to read your book more (especially after everything else you’ve said) so I don’t understand the necessity of adding it in to your synopsis.
Now that’s the end of this rant as I’ve nothing else to say (at least in words…you can take the steam blowing out my ears any way you want) so I bid you adieu and beseech you to think more on this. Furthermore, I ask you to make as big of a deal about this as you can because Scott* needs to know that this is not just something to go away or something to fix with a sorry. Thank you, have a great day/night and tata for now.
*this is the author being interviewed