Thursday, January 20, 2011


I as a writer I love reading. And yes as I've said before writing came way before reading but hey I'm dyslexic so give me a break on that one, I mean would you enjoy reading if it was a hard thing, no you would not. Which is why it took me finding books I really really loved, loved not just liked, to really enjoy reading. That doesn't mean I never read till Twilight, it just means it was harder. And hey my favorite author is John Irving(side note he too is dyslexic)and I found him before Twilight I just only had so much time to read for pleasure in high school and most of that was still an assignment I just got to pick the books, but when I found Twilight there was maybe two weeks left of school my senior year so yeah I was not doing anything at school at all other then what I wanted to/ sitting bored when I had nothing to do, so I could read and read whatever the hell I wanted to. Now I do have to say I liked a lot of the books and plays that we had to read, but again like I said at that point reading still had not become a real big free time thing for me. So when I saw TV series based off of books I had not read I felt the need to read the books that these shows that I enjoyed were based off of.

First was Vampire Dairies, which I really enjoyed the show, it is definitely a show that is not meant for anyone much younger than 14, the themes are not meant for children and it has never had the problem as people can see that. There is blood and people killing other people be that vampires killing humans or humans killing vampire or vampires killing werewolves, there is a lot of killing. Then there is some sex, and this is mostly between the main character which are teens so people know it is not for younger viewer. So after seeing a good portion of the first season I picked up as many of the books that I could, which was all but the last one that the author was finishing/in final stages of publishing. And then I was disappointed. I don't know how this book series got turned into a show,don't get me wrong I love the show and I am glad that that did happen and by the changes the show made it was clear why. I like the show more than the books and that in my opinion is wrong. Adaptations of books into film or TV should not be as good as the book, they doesn't mean they are bad it just means the book is better. I do not feel that way with Vampire Dairies. I think it because it really hard to connect with Elana in the books and not in the show, and with her being the main character I feel you should be able to find some way to connect to her and it was really hard to do that in the book. Plus I know it is fiction and you can do what you want but I think the author took it too far and the show so far has not done that, the so is keeping it more real then the author did in the books. Which I also think fiction needs some connection to reality I mean I find the best fiction is that that you can read and feel like that could happen, I do not get that from Vampire Dairies the books. Plus I am having a hard time finishing the last book, And all that is sad.

Now the next was Pretty Little Liars, this is a complete guilty pleasure for me. I love the show and it took me longer to get the books. Now I only have the first two and have only read the first but I loved it. I would say the show did a good job of giving you the books in film form(I know it is a TV show but that sounded better). I would have to say I like the show and the books equally. They change some things in the show but it works and to be honest when making books into a TV show you have to change some things or else you audience would know what was going to happen every week and that is not a good thing for a TV shows as are trying to last a certain amount of seasons so they need to change things so people who read the books will watch and not be bored, as well as getting the people who have not read the books. So for this one it is a win, TV show and books are both a go, even if it is for a guilty pleasure. Oh and the book is worse when it comes to sex and cursing but the show is on ABC Family.

Then there is Twilight it is in movie form and while the movies aren't bad they are not the books and having read the books as many time as I have I know the things they messed up and some of those things really bug me. Plus there the whole thing with 12 year olds and younger wanting to read the book and see the movies and the media catching on to this and wanting to make the movies age appropriate which Breaking Dawn is no way no how a book a 12 year old should read, I don't even think my parents would let my brother read it right now, which he has no interest anyways but still. Why, well there is sex and yes it is done tastefully as the author Stephenie Myers is Mormon and that is how she wanted to write it but still sex, and the main character dies for a bit before she is turned, add in that that was during a very bloody childbirth and it should be seen why it is not a childrens book. I get it is in the YA section and I read books out of there frequently but I think most of those are still focused for teens the true YA age group because I have read books about suicide and death and murder and all sorts of crazy things that are not for the 12 and under age range. I don't know it just bugs me that people think Twilight was ever meant for a 12 year old when the author has said multiple times she wrote it for herself a 29 year old at the time. But that is life I guess.

It all makes me wonder how my book will be seen. It is about an 18 year old so it falls into YA on that aspect alone but there will be sex and there is curing that is mild now but will get worse and death there will be death, bloody violent death. Well I guess I have to finish it and just wait and see.



Dina said...

I think young adult fiction is much more mature than it was when I was a teen.

Have you heard of the House of Night series? It's for young adults, and has some pretty strong language. It makes Twilight seem very tame.

I think the publishers probably decided there's no point in holding back. When I was a teen, most teens weren't reading young adult fiction. It was pretty much ignored...especially by teens. It was probably children (ages 9-12) who were reading it. The teens were reading stuff like John Irving, Anne Rice, and Stephen King.

Now young adult literature is very popular with teens AND adults...probably children as well.

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