YA, at its heart, whether it’s fantasy, mystery, contemporary, romance, or literary, is about growing up, finding boundaries, and discovering who you are. Many Millennials aren’t confident in their identity and who they’re going to become, living instead in a state of nebulousness created by a changing society, a shifting economy, and a radically altered world. These aren’t experiences that older generations can fully comprehend, which is one reason why Millennials find themselves so frequently targeted for ire as selfish or lazy. Under these conditions, it’s not surprising that the desire to seek out books that resonate is viewed as further evidence of the juvenile attitudes of Millennials.
Instead of asking why so many grownups are reading “children’s books,” perhaps people should be asking why society is keeping grownups in a state of artificial childhood[.]
–s.e. smith on the real story behind the war on Young Adult… and young adults.
Related: few things piss off Baby Boomers more than being told by Millennials that they’re the reason Kids These Days suck.
Perpetual war, a tanked economy, the last gasps of democracy, and the weeping pus of a dying planet. None of these problems were made by anyone under the age of thirty, hey.