The Young Adult Genre has taken the world by storm in the past 10 years or so. While you’d think YA is pretty straightforward, there’s a lot of blending and melding when it comes to content, and what is and isn’t okay in the genre.
Today, I want to open a discussion about the big issue that seems to bother everybody. The question of whether sex in YA is okay, and how much sex is too much sex?
In all honesty, I don’t think sex in YA is bad. It’s just a matter of how it’s portrayed.
Lots of people think that it’s a new thing to include sex in YA. They think that a fade to black is necessary, because it’s not appropriate. But let me just say that it’s not a new thing at all.
In Judy Blume’s book Forever, there are multiple scenes where I was like WTF JUDY? But the real kicker is that the book was ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED in 1975. That’s over 40 years ago.
So why is sex and sexuality such a big deal NOW?
I don’t really mind sex in YA books, as long as its not like, disturbingly detailed. Sex is a part of real life, and let’s face it: it’s inescapable. So why hide it?
I want to hear what you think. Let me know in the comments, and also, if you feel so inclined, vote in this poll!