Out of my own curiosity, I'm wondering whether anyone thinks it's weird when there's sex in a YA book. I mean, it's meant for teenagers to read, even those that are as young as 12! One of the biggest books out there that I could discuss well on this topic is good ole' Twilight. Now I'm not here to rant about it; I'm here to discuss this topic.
think that book went a little over the top for portraying teenage
angst. I mean, YA books are geared towards those in middle school and
high school, but I clearly remember my whole middle school reading it.
Now doesn't that seem kinda weird, considering Bella was begging Edward
to have sex with her half the time? I'm not bashing the book because
obviously Meyers did something right because hell, she's famous now!
I just find it very uncomfortable that most authors are okay with having young little girls read books about sex.
it's very different when it's portrayed correctly. I love when books
wait for the main characters to actually fall in love in order to have
sex, and the scene is brief. And I love when the scene hints to it, but
doesn't say it.
good example would be Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. It's not like she
just started out their relationship and boom, they're doing it! She
waited page after page, until the very end when they developed love for
each other. Now to me, that's an art. Character building is very hard to
do in stories. You have to pace it very well in order for it to work
out. You must build those relationships, and Maggie is definitely
capable of doing so.
on the other hand, Meyer's rushed their relationship. Edward and
Bella's love could've been extra beautiful if it weren't for the fact
they were swooning over other from day 1. I mean, I know there's love at
first sight; I've experienced it. She just made it a wee bit
overdramatic to my taste.
feel like Meyers should've aimed her book more towards those in
college. Now that would've worked. I just don't like that it's aimed
towards young girls because then they develop the wrong idea about love.
leads me to the one thing I've been wanting to share. In my book, about
an otherworldly being and human girl falling in love, it's basically impossible for
them to have sex. So instead, I focus on the real part of the
relationship because I don't believe in relationships based off sex. I
know many teen couples my age whose love is based off sex, and all of
those relationships fail. Do you know why? Because once that spark is
over, they don't even know how to communicate with one another. You're
supposed to fall in love with each other's personalities before you get that
serious. So this is why I believe my book is much different than most
YA books. How many YA books about romance do you know that don't include
sex? From the ones I've read, I hardly know any! So I hope this helps
my book sell well because it's sending out good theme: Falling in love doesn't require sex.
So here's the question for you to answer: Does sex in YA books bother you? Why or why not?