Chatterbox: What Would We Do Without YA?

September 26, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Chatterbox, Features


*YA to us readers* 

Not that I mind YA bossing us bookworms around… *snickers*

Close your eyes. Okay, you can’t literally close your eyes since you’ve got to read this, but you get the “soothing Zen” idea I’m thinking of here. Imagine that you’re in a world where YA doesn’t exist. All that’s left are those cheesy adult eroticas with those men with too much abs, long hair blowing in the wind. They can be pirates, too.

But then, jump back to reality—NOW. How did you feel? Did you go through all of that grief and craziness? Okay, I don’t expect you to. Haha, that was barely even a description. But really, imagine yourself going to your favourite bookstore, into the YA section. Think about all of the beautiful books waiting to be picked up!

Now that we’ve gotten to the point of this discussion, this is where the real blabbing begins. Hey, I am a chatterbox when it comes to blogging, and books all together! *winks*






I, for a fact, wouldn’t be able to survive. YA is life, and one of the things that keeps me sane. As you know, it’s full of subjects, theories, feels, romance, and hot guys that keeps all of us intrigued, captivated and wanting more.

Gosh, I’d have nothing to do in my life. No YA equals no blogging, no social media friends, no stability and improvement in my writing skills, NOTHING TO DO. My world would look like a dystopian setting, where there is no time for anything because you’re too busy worrying about other things.

Hmmph. xD

So what other hobbies would I possibly take in? Who seriously knows? I’d probably be watching movies and TV shows that are so similar to the settings of books that I read daily. Eat, sleep, watch movies, repeat. That’s not that horrible, but I’d feel like I’m stuck in a bubble, waiting to be released.

And that’s where YOU come in, my friend.

What would you do without YA? 

My post next time…

Your Results & YA’s Theories…

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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56 responses to “Chatterbox: What Would We Do Without YA?

  1. That awkward moment when I totally closed my eyes before realising I had to actually continuing reading. 😛 Damn, without YA? What kind of world is that? HHhmmm… I'd probably just stay in bed all day and play games on my phone. Maybe do some work every now and then?
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  2. I can't even comprehend a world without YA…I know quite a few people have said that they'd die or they wouldn't know what to do without it, but in the event that I didn't die without YA, I'd do nothing. Seriously, how would I even spend hours upon hours on the internet each day if YA didn't exist?

    Thanks for sharing a great (and scary thoughts-provoking) post, Michelle. 🙂

  3. Presumably children's books would still exist… so I'd be good. 🙂

    I sometimes have a hard time finding adult books that are my cup of tea (there are so many "pirate ab" books out there!) but I often find that I really like some of those adults novels.
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  4. In my day, they didn't have books targeted towards teens so much, it was either kid or adult. So I'm so glad when I'm older now that there are, and even I find them relatable sometimes without all of that fluff and detail that adult books can sometimes contain. I'm exactly the same Leila with our reading preferences.

  5. Um. Have way fewer reading options? Don't get me wrong, I do love me a good adult-type romance. But I also love how in YA it's a lot more gentle. Innocent, even. And I adore a good dystopia, which you don't find often in books marketed towards adults. It's funny. When I was a young adult I rarely read books marketed towards people my age. Now I'm in my thirties, half of what I read is YA.
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  6. Where on earth do you find all those hilarious gifs? I love them so much! I think a world without YA would be horrible. I read a little childs fiction, and quite a lot of adult books as well. >.> But I would have to say this: Childs fiction is my 10%, Adult 25% and then YA takes up 65% of all my reads! I would be lost without it and I hope it never goes away. What a horrible world it would be without it ><
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    • LOL! *blushes* GOOGLE AND TUMBLR ARE MY MASTERS. ;D I totally agree with you! Except my YA percentage is probably 90% and Adult and Children is split between the two 5's. Man, it'd be horrible!

  7. Well, I'm 34, so there wasn't a lot to choose from in YA when I was younger. I started reading Stephen King in elementary school, and then Koontz, Saul, and other adult books through high school. So the youth of this generation definitely have it good when it comes to variety of reading material.
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  8. Although I'm not a die hard YA reader, I did have my phase and to be fair to the genre, it does have its merits. It's those insta-love and annoying love triangles that ruined it for me. What I do love with YA is it's imaginative worlds, the emotional depth, and the selfless love that's always demonstrated in some way regardless if it's fantasy or contemporary.
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  9. Alright, I'm going to ask.

    What on earth are those people doing bouncing around in giant bouncy balls? Is this another one of those weird 50 shades of kinky shit that I didn't get the memo on? How on earth did you find that GIF? I'm scared to ask what you searched for. Crazy people Giant balls? Ohh, that might have yielded completely different results.

    What was the question again?

    Yes! YA (actually Twilight) was the first genre I picked up in over 17 years of not reading (yes, I'm that old), and it stuck. I've tried adult, new adult, even biographies and none of them have kept my interest the way YA does. Even as a teen, I didn't read. I was too busy on the phone, chasing boys, clothing, chasing boys, school and chasing boys. So I missed out on those teen years of reading. I'm more than making up for it now. If it wasn't for YA, I dare say that I wouldn't be reading, reviewing or blogging for that matter. So you can blame YA for letting me loose on the world 😀

    Great article Mich <3
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    • LOLOLOLOL! Hmm… What did I search? *checks back at computer history* I had a feeling someone would ask, haha! I looked up "dun dun dun gif" xD I think I clicked on one of the gifs which showed me 'related images' the the giant bouncy balls with people inside gif showed up and I was in awe. LOL

      Oh! Even though some people cannot even stand to look at the cover of Twilight, it has really brought many people to love YA! So in that case, I am very proud of the book that started it all… 😀 I agree! YA has brought me to new boundaries and experiences—I am where I am all thanks to it! <3 Thanks a million, Kelly! xx

  10. Yeah! The YA community is so new and has broadened over the past few years! And I totally bet that it's here to stay! But really, who cannot think about the dark side—the other possibilities? I must be crazy for thinking about something that 'hopefully' won't happen, hehe. Adult books are awesome! *throws aside the ones with abs and pirates* I've read many good ones, but the good interesting ones aren't as common as my baby YA! Thank you, Rochelle! <3

  11. LOLOLOL! YES! I'd totally go out beyond the boundaries. Maybe I'll try to get better at sports, and learn how to play more instruments? But still, something in my life wouldn't be complete! XDDD I AM A TOTAL WHAT-IF PERSON. *bows* Thank you, love! <33

  12. LOL! Same here, until a few weeks ago! And then I remember spending a long time thinking about the "what ifs" and "oh no's!" Movie review blog? That's pretty awesome! I wish I had more time to watch TV shows, and of course, read more! xD *shivers* If I wanted to read, I'd probably be reading children's books until I was 16! xD Thank you, Francoise! <3

  13. Thanks, Jeann! <3 I actually found YA when I pretty young compared to the other people I personally know. I was 9 when I read Twilight (well began to but then I saw the movie) and it's one of the books that made me go out to my bookstore and see <b> what else there is! I guess you can say you're born to be a reader… right? I don't know what I'd do without it! 😀

  14. Hi Lorelle! That's so cool, and I absolutely agree with your every word! YA is so innocent, and like a baby-adult, basically minus the older characters and (sometimes) erotic environment. YA is very emotional and has characters questioning the environment and atmosphere that they're in and the people around them! Sometimes angst can be bad, sometimes it's awesome! And I guess that's the magic of YA, right? You don't really know what to expect in a book because the possibilities are endless. The feelings are phenomenal!

  15. Without YA, I probably wouldn't be reading in general. I am NEVER switching over to cheesy-adult books. *laughs* I do actually have to get into more TV shows myself—Gotham and How to Get Away With Murder look awesome! Thanks, Jess! xx <3

  16. Same! I love writing—maybe I'll go into the business one day! 😀 LOL YA moviesss, we need more of those with those gorgeous concepts! YES! Guys in YA books are different—there's more feelings and slowness to everything. I find some adult books are just go-go-go with the romance. NOOO! Thanks, Renee! <3

  17. I always love to think about all of the possibilities, and yes sometimes they're negative and are so horrifying—I can't even put this idea into my mind! YA is my life—and because of it, I began blogging and sharing my love of books with other wonderful people! It has changed my life in so many ways! Thanks, Emily! <3

  18. Lol. Well, I supposed if there's no YA, I'll have to dust off my piles of paranormal romances that I once cherished. Gothic novels from the likes of Brontes; legal thrillers from Grisham; romantic suspense from Sandra Brown; Oh and I can't forget the horror fest from King that I've been meaning to read for the longest time.

    Oh a world without YA will continue to spin for me. Though, it'll orbit around the sun painstakingly slow. Sigh.
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    • Ahh! *dusts off my shelves* STEPHEN KING IS A MUST. Perhaps I'll get to his books one day! *rubs hands together for the love of horror books* Oh, darn, now I'm regretting beginning this topic because I'm getting terrified. And I'm terrifying other people! xDDDDDDDD

  19. *gasps* No YA, no way. But I guess YA hasn't been around forever and is a fairly new development, but I am glad it is around. I love YA and I can't imagine life without it. I would still read, but I'd be stuck with only books for adults, and I've read some great ones of those, but still they are no YA. There is something more magical and hopeful about YA that you just don't see in adult books. Great topic.
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  20. What would I do without YA? *shudders* *gapes in horror* *ponders* I've got nothing…. Hmmm, well I'd probably do more writing, immerse myself in playing piano again, watch tv, work more, hang out with friends more often. I DON'T KNOW. MICHELLE, WHY DO YOU ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS?! Lovely post, love <3
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  21. Oh my god.

    I have never thought of this! The world would truly be a boring place. I guess that means there would be more time for watching TV shows and movies but that wouldn't be enough! Maybe I'd have a blog for movie reviews instead…Just the thought of a world without YA is frightening, what would teens be able to read then? There would be such an age gap between children and adult fiction!

    Great discussion Michelle!
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  22. Great thoughtful post Michelle! You know what, YA was never a thing when I was a teenager. I just picked up whatever held my fancy at the library, anything including classics, biographies, diaries, Harry Potter, Buffy novels…it wasn't until Twilight came out when I discovered this genre which I really loved to read. I think it's wonderful it's become widespread, and no doubt it encourages more readers that were lost like me 🙂

  23. Hi, Michelle. This is a really tricky question for me because there are elements of young adult that I love, but adult is my primary love. Funnily enough, young adult is where I would prefer to write. Strange? Yes, I think so . Write what you love and all that, but I've never been about the easy option. I would love to take out the sex and have those same adult elements in a young adult setting. I guess its just the angst in young adult. I love the emotional and discovery elements, but I would like there to be less focus on the relationship when it comes to the paranormal. For eg. The Lux series. With book two , there was 300 pages about do I, don't I? I don't discriminate though – it's the same with adult. What I love about young adult though, is that I can focus on the story without having to worry about an erotic element. I might be a prude, but that's what I love. I feel like I know what I'm getting when I pick one up, and that's important to me. I love the innocence.
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  24. Oooh, great post Michelle! Well I grew up during the days when 'YA' wasn't technically a genre yet, but authors were still publishing books regardless. I don't think I need my reading habits to be defined as solely YA for me to enjoy a book. Heck, I was reading YA back in the days without even knowing it! I think I would like to venture into more adult books and maybe read some classics as well 😀
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  25. I….dont' think I could keep sane just reading bouts of "classics". It would be too much. I honestly don't know what I would do. Perhaps I would have to get my fill of tropes elsewhere…even more TV, perhaps (who do I kid, I watch everything possible already). This actually does worry me because where else would I find a hobby, you know? I'm greatly enthralled by reading and to have such a massive chunk of it taken away…that would leave quite the void. Fantastic topic, Michelle! <3
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  26. To be honest, I'd probably go and write my own YA book and then start the world of YA! And if that was illegal then I'd go and make YA movies but yeah, I could NEVER give up YA books! I would also just like to say, I like my book boyfriends to be guys who have more personality than just being in one of those adult romance novels that are literally ALL about the romance. I like to get to know the characters more and see them develop more as well as interact with the world than simple romance stories. Thanks for making me think! xoxo
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  27. What would I do without YA???? I have no clue. It has often been so helpful to me as a way to see that other people go through the same things, the same worries. And I love blogging so much – all the friends I've made online and the publishers/authors I've connected with. As a teenager it has been so so important to me and I don't think that's going to change when I become an adult.

    Great post – really got me thinking 😀
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