Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Let's Discuss: Books with Age-Defying Genres: Good or Bad?

Let's Discuss is a feature I created to discuss different bookish musings.


So there's something I've been thinking about lately. You know I'm one of those people who definitely pays attention to what genre a book is labeled as being. I can gloss over the subjects, but for the age (middle grade, adult, young adult) I do pay attention. 

Here's the thing. I'm currently reading a book by an author I have loved for many years. He normally writes adult fiction (hint: author of Wicked), but has an upcoming release that is labelled as being middle-grade. As I'm an avid middle grade enthusiast, I was ecstatic when I saw the eARC and got approved! So I've been reading it...and it's going very slowly. The pacing is slow. The language is flowery. The prose is very.. adult. There are numerous vocab words I had to look up. Yes, me. A 27 year old college graduate.. (Granted, that doesn't mean I'm smart, but still). ;) I can't help but wonder what a middle school kid would think about this. Would they feel duped? Or simply give up? Or would they like it? I just don't know.

It has me thinking: am I upset because of my disappointment in the book? Or, is it because I was expecting a middle grade novel, and got an adult novel smashed within middle grade parameters. I'm not quite sure, to be honest. I think it's a combination of both. I'm disappointed, I haven't even got halfway through it and it's been almost two weeks. :c If it wasn't an arc I had requested, I would have left it DNF by now. 

 I doubt highly that middle grade readers will like this book. Will adults like it? I don't know, so far I'm not liking it too much (and I'm an adult). Even the reviews on Goodreads are polarized on. People saying it's brilliant, many others saying it's a DNF, or not their cup o' tea. :||

So I gotta ask: 

Do you pay attention to the age range of a book? 

Does it bother you when a book doesn't fit its labelled age-range?




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Diamond

(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.