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While Young Adult Literature is very popular with both adults and children, there are some very strong reactions against it. (See the links below.)
But this is a complex issue and there are so many questions that beg to be answered.
Is YA even a legitimate genre? Is is just a marketing gimmick? Did you know that Harry Potter was released with two different covers–one for children and one for adults? What differentiates children’s literature from adult literature: the age of the protagonists, the themes, the vocabulary? What about the Chronicles of Narnia? Even if YA is a distinct genre, does it actually follow that adults should not read it for themselves?
To help answer these questions, we’ve brought to the podcast HBU MA Apologetics grad student, Elizabeth Kendrex. She has reviewed scores, if not hundreds, of YA books and has a lot of insights to bring to the conversation.
Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Elizabeth Kendrex
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Mentioned in this podcast:
- Slate says you should be embarrassed to read books written for children.
- The Washington Post says you shouldn’t.
- Christianity Today finds an even deeper meaning in YA literature.
- Leafs Reviews
- Leaf by Niggle
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