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"My book group has one rule: no books for adults. We read young adult fiction only." - Lev Grossman

"It's not just what Christian fiction lacks I appreciate - it's what it offers. The variety is vast: contemporary, historical, suspense, mysteries, adventure, young adult, romance, fantasy, science fiction." - Randy Alcorn

"I am trying to come up with some "adult" reads, but I mostly read young adult fiction (my job), which, by the way is excellent. I will post about some of my favorites that should appeal to adult readers" - Megan Mccafferty

"I'm not a reader of young adult fiction for the simple reason that these novelists are writing for adolescents, so they are not writing for me." - Robert Cormier

"A lot of young-adult authors, great ones, have tried their hands at literary fiction, and not a lot of them have succeeded. Not even Roald Dahl could switch-hit, and not for lack of trying." - Lev Grossman

"Misconceptions about Young Adult fiction aren't new to fans of the genre. From being dismissed as mindless fluff for 'Twilight'-obsessed tweens, to constant warnings that the genre is dying, kerfuffles between the media and readers occur with alarming regularity." - Jennifer Armintrout

"There are several authors who are also lawyers - and not only the ones who write legal thrillers. There are other attorneys who write romantic fiction, and I know of at least one who writes young adult books." - Candace Camp

"As you see, I bear some resentment and some scars from the years of anti-genre bigotry. My own fiction, which moves freely around among realism, magical realism, science fiction, fantasy of various kinds, historical fiction, young adult fiction, parable, and other subgenres, to the point where much of it is ungenrifiable, all got shoved into the Sci Fi wastebasket or labeled as kiddilit-subliterature." - Ursula K Le Guin

"The thing is that my first novel, which was basically a mystery adventure story, won quite an important award in Spain for young adult fiction, and because of this it became a very successful book, and right now it's some sort of a standard title, it's read widely in many high schools in Spain, so I think, in a way, I was a victim of my own success in the field of young adult fiction, because it was never my own natural register. I never intended to write that kind of fiction, but I became very successful at it." - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

"Children who assume adult responsibilities feel old when they're young." - Martha Beck

"Putting lessons in young adult books is very dangerous." - Ned Vizzini

"Popular escapist fiction enchants adult readers without challenging them to be educated for critical consciousness." - Bell Hooks

"One of the things that I really like about young adult fiction is that you can explore the relationships between teens and their parents. I definitely think that teens are a product of their parents. You either end up just like them or you consciously make the decision to be unlike them." - Maggie Stiefvater

"The distinction has blurred between young adult and adult books. Some of the teen books have become more sophisticated." - Ann Brashares

"Popular escapist fiction enchants adult readers without challenging them to be educated for critical consciousness. - From (2003) Rock My Soul" - Bell Hooks

"I feel a lot of adult fiction looks down on plot as a lesser form of literature." - Lauren Oliver

"The extraordinary gentleness of the adult male with his young dispels all the King Kong mythology." - Dian Fossey

"People in the know say The Giver was the first young adult dystopian novel." - Lois Lowry

"Every young person needs some adult who's just wild and crazy about them!" - Parker J. Palmer

"People in the know say 'The Giver' was the first young adult dystopian novel." - Lois Lowry

"I used to act in television commercials when I was a kid and a young adult." - Dani Shapiro

"In a New York Post interview, Judy Blume, author of young-adult fiction, gave this advice on getting your kids to read: "Moms come up to me at book signings and describe how they're telling their daughters, 'These were my favorite books,'?" she says. "I say, 'Quit it! That's the biggest turnoff!'"You want to get them to read them, leave them around the house and every so often, say, 'You're not ready to read this yet.'" - Judy Blume

"I want to keep working. I want to step away from young adult fiction. I want to do theater periodically - Farragut North reminded me how great it is. I started out in theater. I trained in theater and then I kind of fell into film and TV. I want to work with interesting artists, talented actors, talented directors, and talented scripts. Not necessarily leading roles." - Max Irons

"Truth is more of a stranger than fiction." - Mark Twain

"Even though probably the majority of homosexuals are not oriented towards young people, there is a significant number that are, especially the men...male homosexuality has historically been not adult to adult it has been adult to teenager" - Scott Lively

"May you stay Forever Young" - Bob Dylan

"Anyone interested in the world generally can't help being interested in young adult culture - in the music, the bands, the books, the fashions, and the way in which the young adult community develops its own language." - Margaret Mahy

"I'm usually working either on a picture book and a young adult book, or a middle grade book and a young adult book. When I get bored with one, I move to the other, and then I go back." - Jacqueline Woodson

"Speculative fiction is where my heart lies. It's what I read growing up, and it's what I read as an adult." - Patrick Rothfuss

"There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children's book." - Philip Pullman

"It's so hard for every young person, trying to figure out the adult you want to be." - Ethan Hawke

"With everyone born human, a poet - an artist - is born, who dies young and who is survived by an adult." - Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve

"You can make a movie that's more focused on the jokes, but Young Adult was not that kind of movie." - Kristen Stewart

"I have a passion for children's literature. Young adult literature. I love it. I've always loved it." - Gretchen Rubin

"I was definitely meant to be a young adult author, and I love it - I'm here to stay!" - Simone Elkeles

"A lot of people have no idea that right now Y.A. (young adult). is the Garden of Eden of literature." - Sherman Alexie

"Divorce in a young-adult novel means what being orphaned meant in a fairy tale: vulnerability, danger, unwanted independence." - Caitlin Flanagan

"I haven't written a young-adult book in years. I'm also doing six 'Goosebumps' books a year now." - R L Stine

"At a very young age I was allowed to go into the cinema and watch adult films." - Baz Luhrmann

"I've never read a young adult novel, though. I'm sure I would love it, but I've never read one." - Elizabeth Olsen

"I've loved science fiction ever since I was a little kid, mainly from looking at the covers of science-fiction magazines and books, and I've read quite extensively as an adult." - Matt Groening

"Comics also led a lot of young people to science fiction." - Kerry James Marshall

"The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery." - Erik Erikson

"When I was very young I was reading a lot of Latin American fiction, which later would be called "boom fiction."" - Sandra Cisneros

"I suspect that authors who start their careers writing for an adult audience - and who eventually produce a young adult novel or two - are more common than authors who begin by writing for young adults and who then gravitate toward composing something for an adult audience." - Paul Di Filippo

"Well, I never got into the young adult headspace. With 'Twilight,' they are pretty adult themes, aside from maybe the first one, but even that. They're very adult themes, actually, particularly as the characters age. I never wrote for young adults. I wrote for myself, as an audience." - Melissa Rosenberg

"Personally, I believe "Young Adult" to be an arbitrary title that means the book "Can be enjoyed by anyone/Has a main character who's not quite an adult/Is' really boring." - Shannon Hale

"Our youth want less adult contact if that co ntacttreats them like boys. They want more adult contact that treats them like young men. Tired as they are of the former, they are hungry for the latter" - Michael Gurian

"Personally, I believe "Young Adult" to be an arbitrary title that means the book "Can be enjoyed by anyone/Has a main character who's not quite an adult/Isn't really boring." - Shannon Hale

"I'd never really considered doing young-adult novels, but one of the things that a friend pointed out to me is that I've actually had a teenage character in almost every adult novel that I've written." - Michelle Gagnon

"Truth is stranger than fiction-to some people, but I am measurably familiar with it." - Mark Twain

"It's never too late-in fiction or in life-to revise." - Nancy Thayer

"Youth is wasted on the young." - George Bernard Shaw

"Holden Caulfield is the embodiment of what we mean by the phrase "young adult" - too young to be a grown-up, but too wise to the world to be completely innocent. He's caught in the in-between, and that in-between is what all young adult authors write about." - David Levithan

"Holden Caulfield is the embodiment of what we mean by the phrase "young adult" - too young to be a grown-up, but too wise to the world to be completely innocent. He's caught in the in-between, and that in-between is what all young adult authors write about." - David Levithan

"My generation of young female writers discovered that we could dictate the form and content of our own fiction." - Erica Jong

"I grew up obsessed with science fiction, and when I was really young, I wanted to be a scientist." - Moby

"It's the biggest public health problem in America, the rising rates of obesity among our young people and very heavy statistics among our adult population." - William J Clinton

"I read Pushing the Limit and Dare You To by Katie McGarry. Fantastic stuff. I had never read young adult before, but now Im a believer." - Lori Foster

"[A young adult novel] ends not with happily ever after, but at a new beginning, with the sense of a lot of life yet to be lived." - Richard Peck

"I do love the young adult novels as a form and genre, because it has a purity of intention and heart." - Ira Sachs

"I've always liked the classic "young adult" writers like Mark Twain, Jack London, Roald Dahl, Charles Dickens. They write so clearly, and they know how to entertain." - Arthur Bradford

"It's hard to be responsible, adult and sensible all the time. How good it is to have a sister whose heart is as young as your own." - Pam Brown

"When you grow up in a place (whether as a child or an adult) you squeeze everything out of it. You need so much when you're young." - Vestal McIntyre

"Romance novels are my favorite books to read. I write young adult romances, and am so happy to be promoting this wonderful genre." - Simone Elkeles

"It's - I write the books and let the market find who reads it. I guess a young adult is anywhere from ten to fifteen." - Louis Sachar

"I avoid the young adult section altogether if possible, although it's sometimes fun to catch a girl lying on the floor, reading 'Gossip Girl.'" - Cecily Von Ziegesar

"So much of young adult literature has turned dark, almost pathological. It's almost as if there is a race to see who can be the most dysfunctional." - Richard Paul Evans

"I thought I'd been condescended to as an Indian - that was nothing compared to the condescension for writing young adult literature." - Sherman Alexie

"There isn't a lot of poverty literature in the young-adult world. And I don't know why that is, but I think certainly I felt a gap." - Sherman Alexie

"I read 'Pushing the Limit' and 'Dare You To' by Katie McGarry. Fantastic stuff. I had never read young adult before, but now I'm a believer." - Lori Foster

"I think it's my job as a young actor to watch adult actors and take tips on the way they work." - Tye Sheridan

"I harbored a lot of resentment as a teenager and as a young adult. I still have a problem with authority, I'm trying to listen!" - Nikki Sixx

"Doing 'Young Adult' was really reassuring to me in a lot of ways. It confirmed a lot of suspicions I had about great actors." - Patton Oswalt

"In a culture defined by shades of gray, I think the absolute black and white choices in dark young adult novels are incredibly satisfying for readers." - Maggie Stiefvater

"I was born and raised in Queens and moved into the city as a young adult. Then I ended up acting and decided to run off to California." - Debi Mazar

"I made stupid decisions as a kid, or as a young adult, but I'm trying to be now, I'm trying to take this lemon and make lemonade." - Kevin Mitnick

"A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does, and about two years after he thinks he does" - Lewis Blaine Hershey

"For 24 years of my adult life, by choice I weighed well over 200 lbs. I say by choice because you see I have never accidentally eaten anything." - Zig Ziglar

"There's the typical books, Moby Dick and, I guess in my adult life I began to read biographies more than fiction. I started to want to relate to other people's lives, things that had really happened." - Julius Erving

"I published only in academic journals in philosophy until I was in my 40s, but I had been writing fiction and poetry my whole adult life - without ever once trying to publish it, and rarely letting anyone read it." - Cheryl Mendelson

"I write adult fiction, but a good 40 to 50 per cent of my readers are teenagers. I love that if they have to grow up and move past JK Rowling they can move to me. From Jo to Jodi!" - Jodi Picoult

"I have no formal training as a writer at all, not even a single English class in college. However, my adult books are all science fiction, which has some similarities to YA." - Scott Westerfeld

"All over the world, young men and young women will always dream dreams." - Philip Seymour Hoffman

"When I started in the business, there was a thing called adult fantasy, but nobody quite knew what it was, and most publishers didn't have an adult fantasy list. They had science fiction lists, which they stuck a little bit of fantasy into." - Terri Windling

"I feel like a young adult. In high school I never felt like my professional life and my personal life were at odds, because my job has never been to be a role model for young women or teenagers." - Tavi Gevinson

"So often, science fiction helps to get young people interested in science. That's why I don't mind talking about science fiction. It has a real role to play: to seize the imagination." - Michio Kaku

"I have been reading the Old Testament, a most bloodthirsty and perilous book for the young. Jehovah is beyond doubt the worst character in fiction." - Edwin Arlington Robinson

"Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction." - W H Auden

"I have always known that writing fiction had little effect on the world; that if it did, young men would not have gone to war after The Iliad." - Andre Dubus

"Aging has brought me greater liberty in fiction. When I was young I was harder on myself. I wrote with an idea of absolute seriousness." - Dacia Maraini

"Political history is far too criminal to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villians from fiction." - W H Auden

"Young readers have to be entertained. No child reads fiction because they think it's going to make them a better person." - Mark Haddon

"I'd always read omnivorously and often thought much literary fiction is read by young men and women in their 20s as substitutes for experience." - Neil Cross

"You've got to understand life, understand it when you're young." - Cesare Pavese

"It's a pity youth is wasted on the young." - George Bernard Shaw

"To young men contemplating a voyage I would say go." - Joshua Slocum

"Get them while they're young and bend their minds." - Spencer Dryden

"There are few things more dishonorable than misleading the young." - Thomas Sowell

"That transition from child to adult actor is so incredibly elusive. The roles that were coming to me as a young adult were not that great, but I was taking them anyway to pay the rent. And the more bad roles in bad movies I took, the less anybody wanted me for a good role in a good movie." - Jackie Earle Haley

"I've always been a big guy, whether it's been a fat kid, a fat young adult, or a fat adult. I was always sort of... I guess the term would be 'popular.' I never dealt with a lot of name-calling or any of the bullying you'd think a fat kid might have to deal with." - Jim Oheir

"My foray into young adult lit was by no means planned. I wrote the first 'Alfred Kropp' book as an adult novel, which everyone loved but no one would publish - until I changed my protagonist from a thirty-something P.I. into a 15-year-old kid. After that, it was off to the races, and I am so glad." - Rick Yancey

"Going from a child actor to an adult actor is not an easy thing, and I was sort of lost in a no man's land for a while, trying to figure out who I was as a person, and going from a young actor to an adult actor." - C Thomas Howell

"When you talk to people about the books that have meant a lot to them, it's usually books they read when they were younger because the books have this wonder in everyday things that isn't bogged down by excessively grown-up concerns or the need to be subtle or coy... when you read these books as an adult, it tends to bring back the sense of newness and discovery that I tend not to get from adult fiction." - Jesse Sheidlower

"It's not until recently that I could even imagine myself as an adult. But these kids today, they look at me like I'm Neil Young. Nirvana is the band their parents listen to." - Dave Grohl

"Turning 16 is kind of scary because when you're 16, you go from being a kid and then you can drive and are more of a young adult in a way." - Chloe Moretz

"Like so many other nerdy, disaffected young people of that time, I dreamed of becoming an 'artist', i.e., somebody whose adult job was original and creative instead of tedious and dronelike." - David Foster Wallace

"The protagonist of folktale is always, and intensely, a young person moving through ordeals into adult life. . . . and this is why there are no wicked stepchildren in the tales." - Jill Paton Walsh

"Act your age. Students do not look upon you as a buddy, pal, or peer. They expect you to be a mature adult....Many young teachers have a tendency to seek popularity, resorting to tactics that can create endless problems." - Jim Brown

"My final advice for young people is to not wait for leadership from adult politicians. Step forward today, because our current leaders are denying the dire reality we are facing. Leadership can come form anywhere." - Kumi Naidoo

"He [an earnest young reporter] seemed to share the view of many intelligent, well-educated, well-meaning people that, while adult literature may aim to be art, the object of children's books is to whip the little rascals into shape." - Katherine Paterson

"Young people wonder how the adult world can be so boring. The secret is that it is not boring to adults because they have learnt to enjoy simple things like covert malice at one another's expense." - Celia Green

"Cecil Castellucci is writing Shade, who is the perfect writer for it. I love her young adult stuff, and it's pretty hardcore and visceral, so I knew she was going to bring that to the book." - Gerard Way

"I believe in national service, I believe that every young adult citizen should do two years of national service. Not necessarily to be deployed, but to understand teamwork, responsibility and mixing with different people." - Robert Irvine

"I think it's safe to say that 50% of the record buying metal community is people between the ages of 16 and 25 - people still in their teenage-angsty, early young-adult years." - Blake Judd

"As a teenager and a young adult, I never felt like my own story was interesting enough to tell, so I always wrote lyrics from someone else's perspective - told someone else's story." - Zach Condon

"As a young adult, I began to read widely in history, philosophy, and religion - including the Bible. I began to feel that a purely secular view of life was incomplete and that the universe was a fundamentally spiritual place." - Mike Berenstain

"He's one of my closest friends in the industry. He makes me feel like a teenager - I have to act and think like an adult so much. He makes me feel young again." - Rihanna

"What afflicts the adult is not so much the illusion of hope as, no doubt among other things, the grotesque illusion of looking down from some supposedly higher vantage-point, free from illusion, upon the illusions of the young." - Soren Kierkegaard

"I always thought of vampires, especially the young-adult ones, as a metaphor for sex - sucking blood, forbidden, taboo. I think they just ooze sex. Vampires are all the big themes in life in one attractive, bloodsucking package." - Melissa De La Cruz

"When you're younger and you see something that really speaks to you, it's indelible in a way that's not the same as when you're an adult. So I'll always love reading books and making movies that resonate with young people." - Nina Jacobson

"I'm rather pleased with the new manuals. I see Inform now as a gauche young adult, having got past the stage of growing out of his shoes every few months." - Graham Nelson

"If you are young and you drink a great deal it will spoil your health, slow your mind, make you fat - in other words, turn you into an adult." - P J Orourke

"The Left is acting like a young child, saying 'I want peace'... A child says 'I want candy right away,' an adult takes all of the factors into account and understands who he's dealing with." - Ehud Barak

"Nothing ensures the success of the child more in the society than being read to from infancy to young adulthood. Reading books to and with children is the single most important thing a parent, grandparent, or significant adult can do." - Anita Silvey

"I would defend the liberty of consenting adult creationists to practice whatever intellectual perversions they like in the privacy of their own homes; but it is also necessary to protect the young and innocent." - Arthur C Clarke

"With a young-adult series, you need to get a lot of books out on the market quickly. Teenagers aren't going to wait years and years for the next book." - P C Cast

"Young adult novels don't shy away from the discussion of weight issues, and 'Blubber,' the tale of an overweight, not-so-sympathetic fifth-grader bullied by her peers, is a refreshing take." - Jami Attenberg

"There is no age, height, or weight requirement to skate. It is good exercise no matter what your age is. If you want to be competitive, most start young. But, I practice with many adult competitors." - Nancy Kerrigan

"If you are young and you drink a great deal it will spoil your health, slow your mind, make you fat - in other words, turn you into an adult." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Whether we think of Disney's blonde beauty and her pumpkin carriage or Marissa Meyer's recent recasting of 'Cinderella' as a cyborg in the young adult novel 'Cinder,' we know that there are countless modern retellings of the tale." - Marie Rutkoski

"We just happened to come along at time where there hadn't been a new young adult drama that also could appeal to adults as well in quite some time. We sort of found a little bit of a niche." - Josh Schwartz

"Turning 16 is kind of scary because when you're 16, you go from being a kid and then you can drive and are more of a young adult in a way." - Chloe Grace Moretz

"Young people are often asked, 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' and given advice about how to lead meaningful adult lives, but where's the encouragement to lead meaningful lives right now?" - Adora Svitak

"And my parents' separation was tricky. But my mum had always been really honest with me, and treated me like an adult even when I was really young, so I knew they hadn't been getting on." - Lisa Snowdon

"You have tremendous freedom in the young adult book world to write what you want. You can put R-rated content in a book that you can't in a similarly targeted movie." - Ned Vizzini

"I was a 'young adult' when I wrote 'The Outsiders,' although it was not a genre at the time. It's an interesting time of life to write about, when your ideals get slammed up against reality, and you must compromise." - S E Hinton

"I don't read young adult or children's books, now that my grandchildren are beyond the age of my reading to them. I read reviews, and so I'm aware of what's out there. But I tend not to read the books." - Lois Lowry

"What I thought as a young adult is you act like you have it together whether or not you do because that is what church people do. That is not what God has called us to do." - Beth Moore

"We know from past history that when young people vote for one party a couple of times, they tend to vote for that party during their adult lifetimes in disproportionate numbers." - David Gergen

"First, let's look at the importance of the young adult in the cigarette market. In 1960, this young adult market , the 14 to 24 age group, represented 21% of the population. As seen by this chart, they will represent 27% of the population in 1975, they represent tomorrow's cigarette business, as this 14 -24 age group matures, they will account for a key share of the total cigarette volume - for at least the next 25 years ." - R. J. Reynolds

"I write what I like to read, and I enjoy love triangles in YA and adult fiction - not to mention in other media like TV, opera, theatre, and even in video games! I relish when dark and compelling characters compete for our protagonist's heart. The doubts, the uncertainty - the jealousy! - can be breathtaking." - Kresley Cole

"My mother, whom I love dearly, has continually revised my life story within the context of a complicated family history that includes more than the usual share of divorce, step-children, dysfunction, and obfuscation. I've spent most of my adult life attempting to deconstruct that history and separate fact from fiction." - Melissa Gilbert

"Finally, in my early 30s, I started writing fiction for the first time as an adult. That felt so scary, and I spent a few years feeling miserably 'behind' my high-achieving friends. But I persevered and obviously have no regrets." - Julia Glass

"As I read more and more fairy tales as an adult, I found massive collusion between their 'subjects' and those in my fiction: childhood, nature, sexuality, transformation. I realized that it wasn't by accident that I was drawn to their narrative structure and motifs." - Kate Bernheimer

"Before I was reading science fiction, I read Hemingway. Farewell to Arms was my first adult novel that said not everything ends well. It was one of those times where reading has meant a great deal to me, in terms of my development - an insight came from that book." - Robert Reed

"Fiction; inner thoughts of Elisha True beauty dwells in deep retreats, Whose veil is unremoved Till heart with heart in concord beats, And the lover is beloved." - William Wordsworth

"I don't need adult supervision." - Pat Paulsen

"Though now we think of fairy tales as stories intended for very young children, this is a relatively modern idea. In the oral tradition, magical stories were enjoyed by listeners young and old alike, while literary fairy tales (including most of the tales that are best known today) were published primarily for adult readers until the 19th century." - Terri Windling

"the term 'young adults' which is so often used today seems to me a misnomer, and one which, if taken seriously, may lead the adolescent into misunderstanding as to his nature and his role in life. 'Young" he is; 'adult' he is not." - Eleanor Roosevelt



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