I’ve wanted to try a discussion post, get the wheels turning on a good convo, so I thought I’d start off with a bang (no pun intended please).
Last night I finished Graceling (review to come soon) and, if you’ve read it, you know that there are some sexy times in it. As a single grown-up, I often live vicariously through sexy times in books, but, as I said, I’m a grown up. Sexy times are not the same for me as they are for a 16 year old.
My first experience with Young Adult literature was Twilight, which, as we all know, has like zero real sex in it. At least, not until they’re married and even then it’s pretty
lame tame. So most of my preconceived notions about literature written for teens is that there isn’t sex in them. Or at least not the kind of sex that you find in adult literature.
But as I’ve gotten deeper into the world of YA lit, I’ve started to see more and more sex popping up (no pun intended please). I feel like I’m a little bit on the fence here when it comes to sex in YA lit. On the one hand, I think that maybe sex shouldn’t be as explicit or implied or even present. It should all be sweet kissy times and that be it. Which I know that makes me a total prude, but lack of sex was something that appealed to me when I first started out reading YA.
On the other hand, sex amongst teens exists. For me to say “no sex in YA books!” is like saying “no real, hard hitting issues that teens face every day in YA books!” Which, as we all know, is NOT a stand we should take.
So I’m curious… I know most of my followers are adults and we’re well beyond those teenage years, but as an adult what do you think of sex in YA lit? And for those of you who follow my blog (or are even just stopping by) and are still teens, what are your thoughts of sex in YA lit?