this article was published on the Wall Street Journal titled "Darkness Too Visible", part of many articles published over the years to ruin the name of young adult lit. Not only does the author, a 46 year old mother, condemn YA in general, but also the teen audience saying "adolescents spend their time immersed in ugliness" "The article is an attack on progress above all."
Narrow-mind-ness is the problem. It's understandable, this viewpoint these people have, but it's not understandable, however, that they have to attack young adult literature and question the intelligence of it's readers. The era where teens read only cute, fluffy and restricting teen books, mostly on educating kids about puberty, is long gone. Since then, teenagers have gotten smarter and more aware of all the trouble and wrong in the world. Parents like this author want their kids to be safe and protected forever, but that's really difficult to do in today's world, with violence and abuse right next door. To look down upon teen literature for reporting reality isn't very wise. We teens learn a lot through reading our books, so why be so against it?
"How dark is contemporary fiction for teens? Darker than when you were a child" (Meghan Cox Gurdon, author of the article) So why is it darker? Because this generation has been exposed to a lot more at a faster pace than other generations before us, because this generation is exposed to the newest technologies that allow more information to reach us faster. In other words, progress. That word brings to mind a quote from Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix from Umbridge "Progress for the sake of progress must be prohibited"
"As it happens, 40 years ago, no one had to contend with young-adult literature because there was no such thing" As stated before, this is evidence that this is an attack on progress. A new genre has emerged and evolved since many adults were children, and this unfamiliar setting had made them upset.
Of course, the good news is, is that this article isn't being ignored or fought against. Like Steph from Steph Su Reads says about the online YA community "we're probably one of the most well organized informational armies out there." and we're fighting back. Libba Bray made a series of tweets against the WSJ article on her twitter and many bloggers are talking about the unjust accusations against YA Lit.
Conclusion "I hate willful ignorance, and closemindedness, and the determined denial to see things as black and white and dismiss even the possibility that things might be gray."
The Only Thing I Really Hate- Steph Su Reads
Darkness Too Visible- Wall Street Journal