September 8th, 2009

Young Adult Fiction

Judy's mother writes young adult novels. Her latest features an adult heroine and her publishers won't buy it- so she's rejigging it as an adult novel. Apparently kids only want to read about kids. Really?

When I was kid the last thing I wanted to read about was some guy having problems with acne and girls. I wanted to read about the adult world-  with a view to figuring it out before I got there.  And so I read adventure stories and detective fiction and my heroes were people like Allen Quartermain and  Sherlock Holmes. I didn't want to be a half-licked bear cub, I wanted to be a great white hunter or the greatest detective in Victorian London.

And then- when I was about 15-  I read War and Peace and there was absolutely no going back.