I get this a lot: "Why do you love YA so much? You're an adult."
Yes, that's right. I'm twenty-seven years old, and the majority of what I read is of the YA category. Most people who don't read in this category nowadays might be surprised at how good the material is that is being put out, too. It's not just for kids and teens-- and in fact, a lot of it can cross-over smoothly into adult ranges at times.
The funny thing is, when I was a kid and teen I read more adult-oriented novels. It wasn't until my late teens and very early twenties that I started picking up YA more often. Now it just seems I can't get enough.
I think for myself it's because of the more character-driven plots. I'm a person who likes to really get attached to a character, and I find myself doing that more often with YA than in any other category. The emotional factor is just there for me. As well as the fact that oftentimes I can relate with many of the characters due to past events, personality traits, etc. And personally, I know I'm always young at heart. :)
This brings me to another topic I had in mind. Not long ago, I saw a post with someone saying something about how they thought maybe YA should be a reading level rather than a genre category- or perhaps they didn't understand it. Not sure. I don't remember exactly. Why not both? On a quick side note here, I'd like to say that YA is a genre category (with many subgenres of course: paranormal, fantasy, horror, historical, dystopian, etc.), or else publishers wouldn't seek it out like insane hungry zombies, and is defined like this:
The YA genre, also known as Teen fiction, is defined by meaning that one or more characters in the plot are young adults (usually under the age of 20 years old) and can follow a subgenre. This genre does not have erotic elements (but can tend to be a little "spicey" sometimes).
A YA reading level definition would mean that it would be a younger person or child who read in the category or below because they were either A) still learning, or B) can't read adult due to their age.
This is what I have learned anyway. Feel free to debate! Ha!
Back on topic.
I love YA because it's what I look for everytime in a book. Action, romance, characters. I find this all in adult books as well, but I guess not as often anymore. It seems I have better reading luck, more enjoyable reading experiences and less "bad pick-ups" when I've read YA in recent years.
If you're an adult, why do you love YA so much?