As you all know, I love reading. And because of this fact, and the fact that we are in the same Harry Potter Meetup Group, I have become very close to my dear friend Sara, over at What A Nerd Girl Says. She introduced me to The Mortal Instrument series. I’d never heard of it before. I read City of Bones. I fucking LOVED it. I proceeded to recommend it to a friend, and she said something like “don’t talk to me about Cassandra Clare.” I was stunned. I prodded for more info and she told me about the controversy about the Draco Trilogy and fanfiction.net and I then of course went home to look it all up on the interwebz.
Well, I read the book before I knew all of that stuff, so I kind of didn’t give a shit about the stuff that happened. I read the book. I liked the book. I liked the next book too.
In fact, I really like Young Adult fiction. It started with Harry Potter. I mean, reading young adult fiction as someone who is no longer a young adult. I started reading Sweet Valley High in the fourth grade. And after Harry Potter, a friend of mine introduced me to John Green and I totally fell in love with it. And then the same friend who is not on the TMI train, sent me Twilight. I read it. I loved it. I passed it around and all my book nerds read it too. We talked about how bad it was and yet how we couldn’t stop reading it anyway. We had wine parties where we would MST3K the movies. Twilight the movie is SO GOOD if you’re drunk and being snarky as all fuck.
This same friend encouraged me to start reading Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle trilogy, while we were at the midnight release for Deathly Hallows. Now, I’m addicted to the Diviner’s series. BIG TIME.
Then my BFF introduced me to both The House of Night series and The Vampire Academy series. Both of which I loved, though I’m far more impressed with TVA than HoN.
And then Sara introduced me to The Mortal Instruments. And Luxen Army. And yeah, I’m WAY hooked now.
But I don’t like, and what Sara discussed so brilliantly in her post on What A Nerd Girl Says, is how Twilight is now the filter by which all Young Adult fiction seems to be critiqued. And it’s infuriating.
So, please, go read Sara’s post A Message to the Critics and the Haters on her blog. It’s brilliant. And while I may not be as hard core a fan about TMI as she is, I’m still a YA reader and author and the whole thing just….pisses me the fuck off.
Young Adult fiction fucking rocks.
Bazingirl and Nerd Girl.