Greetings denizens of earth. It is I, Sean Hayden. I have yet once again seized control of the blog of JEN WYLIE for my own personal gain and satisfaction.
Bwa Ha Ha
So, you’re probably wondering what particular subject I shall be conquering today, right? Well, my blog title is a little deceiving. It looks like I’m trying to say,”Yeah, so what?” Right? Huh? Had you fooled! HAHAHA. Nope, I’m here to discuss something that’s been a botherin me for a while now. YA. Young adult. A whole slew of genres jam packed into one tiny little itsy bitsy teeney tiny weeney CATEGORY. You see, I wrote this novel called My Soul to Keep. Once I done did that I started querying agents. Have you ever done a search on sites that list agents? They’re broken down into categories too. Most of them are genre type categories. Such as Urban Fantasy, Horror, and Non-Fiction. Then there’s this whole star shpangled YA category.
Queried a few. “Oh, we only handle YA fantasy, not YA urban fantasy!”
Kind of makes you wonder why we even have this whole YA thingy right? I thought so. Honestly, stop and think for just a moment. How many adults do you know that absolutely positively love to read “YA” books? Uh huh. Exactly. I bet you know twice as many adults as young adults who read things specifically labeled for young adults. What really bothers me is when you ask somebody what age group YA is designed for you will get answers ranging anywhere from 11 to 18. Uh huh.
I haz a solution
Shocker, I know 😉
I think we should let the genres speak for the books. If you have more than one, label them as such. BUT, we need to stop characterizing every book written with the intent for a younger audience as YA. Its BS. YA is BS. There. I said it.
So what I propose is do exactly what the MPA does. Lets start slapping labels on EVERY book that gives content warnings. Makes a little sense doesn’t it? I thought so.
Because I’m a kind and benevolent future world dictator, I’ve even decided to post my proposed novel rating scale so you can further “get what I’m saying”. I couldn’t leave you hanging.
Rated P for Pure-This rating shall be rarely given to novels and shall be reserved for Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbooks and Fluffy Bunny Picture Books that do not have any underlying drug or sex references.
Rated G for Golly-Golly as in I can’t friggin believe the main character’s mother just got shot.
Rated H for HMMMM-Hmmmm, did the main character just say, “Damn it?”
Rated U for UMMMM-If I were that main character’s mother…I would wash that boys mouth out with soap!
Rated O for OMG-She flashed her what? Oh no she diint.
Rated W for WOW-Aren’t they a little young to be doing that?
Rated B for Bad-Maybe you should wait a few years before you read this one, kid.
Rated S for Screw That-Oh hell no. I blushed when I read that one.
Well I hope you like my plan. When I conquer the world and enslave the human race you won’t have a choice, but I thought I’d give you a heads up. Just sayin 😉