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Adults Should Read Adult Books

The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on his computer is seeing a guy on the plane reading “The Hunger Games.” Or a Twilight book. Or Harry Potter. The only time I’m O.K. with an adult holding a children’s book is if he’s moving his mouth as he reads.

I’m sure all those books are well written. So is “Horton Hatches the Egg.” But Horton doesn’t have the depth of language and character as literature written for people who have stopped physically growing.

I appreciate that adults occasionally watch Pixar movies or play video games. That’s fine. Those media don’t require much of your brains. Books are one of our few chances to learn. There’s a reason my teachers didn’t assign me to go home and play three hours of Donkey Kong.

I have no idea what “The Hunger Games” is like. Maybe there are complicated shades of good and evil in each character. Maybe there are Pynchonesque turns of phrase. Maybe it delves into issues of identity, self-justification and anomie that would make David Foster Wallace proud. I don’t know because it’s a book for kids. I’ll read “The Hunger Games” when I finish the previous 3,000 years of fiction written for adults.

Let’s have the decency to let tween girls have their own little world of vampires and child wizards and games you play when hungry. Let’s not pump Justin Bieber in our Saabs and get engaged at Cinderella’s Castle at Disneyland. Because it’s embarrassing. You can’t take an adult seriously when he’s debating you over why Twilight vampires are O.K. with sunlight. If my parents had read “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” at the same time as I did, I would have looked into boarding school.

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  1. queen-of-asgard-at-221b reblogged this from socialist-unicorn
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    Since you addressed the OP, I feel I must say that I found this article via Tamora Pierce, one of my favorite authors...
  3. socialist-unicorn reblogged this from girlxonfire and added:
    As someone who is a future high school English teacher, we are encouraged to read Young Adult books because how else...
  4. girlxonfire reblogged this from iloveavulcan and added:
    Also, I would like to add, who do you think wrote those young adult or children’s books, adults did. So if adults can...
  5. heavyheartedlove reblogged this from kithnkin and added:
    As someone who wants to make her career out of being a Young Adult fiction editor, I found this article elitist and...