Thursday, March 8, 2012
YA Is Rotting My Brain!!!
It seems the topic of YA rotting our brains or, if you prefer, shortening our attention spans, seems to be coming up with a few of my blogging friends lately. I think the latter phrase says it better but, "rotting my brain" is funner to say.
After spending a month where I only read adult books...or at least tried to, I've proven (for me, anyway) that reading strictly YA seems to make reading adult books or classics a LOT harder. But why? What is is about reading so much YA that makes it harder to focus and appreciate a good classic or adult book? I've discovered there seems to be two things that makes YA "rot our brain".
1) YA has a much simpler vocabulary. No, not picture book vocabulary or even MG, but just....simpler. Am I wrong? When was the last time you picked up an adult book and really looked at all the big words it uses? It's can be quite frightening to someone that mostly reads YA. Or, at the very least, frustrating.
2) YA doesn't usually offer much to make one ruminate, nor does it "waste" time meandering about with character introspection or world building. It's aimed at YA readers and they don't have the patience (supposedly) to read all that. They just want the story and maybe, for the girls, a bit of romance.
That's what is seems like to me, anyway. I'd love to hear your opinion. "If" you read mostly YA, do you notice that when you do try to read and adult book or a classic that it's hard? Or, if you read mostly adult books, do you ever pick up a YA book and gape at how "simplistic" the writing is?
Now, I know it might sound like I'm bashing YA. I'm not. Obviously. Look at what I predominately read. I'm just noticing it's effects on my attention span. And I'm thoroughly aware that it isn't just reading YA that does this, but watching TV, with it's 8 second sound bites and the internet, with a million different things to see and skim with just the click of a finger. It's gotten so bad it's nearly impossible for me to just do one thing at a time. If I'm not multitasking I get all antsy. It's driving me crazy!
So, I've decided to try to read more adult books to counter balance all the YA books I love reading and hopefully lengthen that attention span of mine!