Young Adult Literature Research Paper

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Young Adult Literature Teenage readers cannot help but feel misunderstood and under-appreciated at times by most adults, something they can temporarily escape through young adult literature. Young adult is the classification given, since the 1990s, to those people in the age range of 10 to 25 (Cart). During that same decade, the population of 12-years-old to 19-years-old increased by a seventeen percent, reaching the astonishing quantity of 32 million young adults without even taking into consideration everyone else included in the age range (Cart). Consequently, the demand of young adult literature has increased as well, which brought with it the attention of many adults. Some argue that many YA novels are no longer appropriate…show more content…
All YA literature is responsible for, is for putting into words what young adults have known or felt for decades, but failed to express in fear of being judged. Nowadays, teens have to adapt on their own to the radical changes that came with all the technological advancements and with the extreme liberalism that their own generation brought into society. By reading YA literature, teen readers are subconsciously being prepared to live in a society that has become more somber from the one a now-a-day adult is accustomed to live in. Literature changes according to what is relevant at the moment, and what truly speaks to young readers right now are the many problems they encounter on a daily basis, whether political, economic, or social (Young Adult). Before and during the 1960s, YA literature only focused on displaying religious topics and characters that showed good morals; but the 1970s was truly a period of transformation for young adult literature all around the world (Young Adult). Authors who had gained earlier recognition for their previous works based on religion were the first ones to start writing about topics considered to be…show more content…
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