I am going to have to write a rebuttal. That is just an unavoidable fact. Practically already did on Twitter today…
Talk about absurdity.
Want some absurdity? Read this.
No More Adventures in Wonderland
by Maria Tatar
Should get you primed and ready for my hot-headed opinions to come.
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Apparently, these two stories have very little in common.
(I know these Alice shots are from contemporary films, ergo our “current” interpretation of an older story, but couldn’t help noticing the similarities, and thought it would be fun to bring some visuals to the table.)
Interesting article though I don’t agree with it. The old fantasies described in the article will never die. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland have survived until now and you know what chances are it will still be here for my great grand children’s kids to read. I still think books that have that same magic are being written. The word isn’t being spread as much about them so they sink into the background until fantasy becomes popular again.
I do have to agree on breaking the wall between YA/adult books. For one, there are way too many people who are too loyal to one side or the other and won’t even touch a book labeled the other thing. Two, many stories can appeal to all ages so binding a book to a certain age group hurts the story. I’d much rather the author tell the story and not be worried about speaking to the right audience.
Alison, I heartily agree!! I have an outline for a “rebuttal” of sorts (which is just a fancy word for my wordy opinion on why the article is dead wrong!), but haven’t had the time to type it up yet. I think you’re spot on – and the fatal flaw of the article (other than the fact that it cites only 2-3 titles as “proof”) is that it conflates YA with children’s books. For me, children’s means up to age 12 at the most. The Hunger Games wasn’t written for 12-year-olds. It was written for a 13+ audience, and as time has proven, actually appeals to a much wider audience of 20+s. The books compared in the article aren’t even in the same category. It’s a fallacious argument, and frankly, somewhat propagandistic if you look at it that way.