Are Dessen's books no good because teen girls like them? Or are teen girls no good because they like the kind of stories about love and friendship that Dessen writes?
Not all teen girls read the same things. Teen girls are certainly not the only people reading books like those Dessen writes.
If all teen girls were reading Shakespeare would folks be arguing Shakespeare was not worthy?
What books are worthy? Is all YA out or just upbeat YA?
I have so many questions.
I'm more depressed at the way we teach everyone to dislike and ridicule "girly" things and, ACTUAL LIVING GIRLS, and that so few question it.
Misogyny is not okay.
Of the books I've read all are excellent but deeply serious. There's not much light on the list. aberdeennews.com/news/common-re…
Hating books like Sarah Dessen's is fine. There are genres I don't enjoy either such as cosy mysteries.
Hating books like Dessen's cause they're about teen girls & a big part of their audience is teen girls is problematic.
Romance is not inferior to other genres. YA is not a lesser category. There's great work in every category & genre.
Literary snobbery is tedious and often misogynist.
Personally I would set Moby Dick and Catcher in the Rye on fire. Along with the complete works of Hemingway and Henry Miller and do not get me started on Philip Roth.
I agree with him. You need a HEA and talent to write romance.