Linked: Cory Doctorow on Why YA Fiction Matters

Cory Doctorow has a beautiful excerpt on why writing YA matters, really matters to the kids who read it:

Genre YA fiction has an army of promoters outside of the field: teachers, librarians, and specialist booksellers are keenly aware of the difference the right book can make to the right kid at the right time, and they spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to convince kids to try out a book. Kids are naturals for this, since they really use books as markers of their social identity, so that good books sweep through their social circles like chickenpox epidemics, infecting their language and outlook on life. That’s one of the most wonderful things about writing for younger audiences—it matters. We all read for entertainment, no matter how old we are, but kids also read to find out how the world works.

So, so true.

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  • T.L. Bodine

    Wait, do adults not read for that same purpose?  Oh, shit.  I’ve been doin’ it wrong

  • Kyt Dotson

    Cory Doctorow, I really enjoyed his Little Brother story. I hope to see more along the same vein. Not to mention, I’d like to get my hands on For the Win.

    I don’t do as much YA fiction as I used to, but I look forward to cleaning up my second book and putting it on the self as well.

  • Eli James

    All his books are available free on the web, under a Creative Commons license. I enjoyed Little Brother too, and downloaded a fan-created ebook version. :)

    For The Win:

  • Eli James


    Maybe we’re more cynical.