So I just read this interesting article about removing the "YA" label from books. The author argues that because so many books have crossover appeal, labeling books as "YA" is kind of unnecessary.
Books like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, The Book Thief, and lots more were written originally for teens, but became really popular with adults. Likewise, books like The House on Mango Street, Girl With a Pearl Earring, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Girl, Interrupted and more were originally written for adults, but became relevant to teens.
The author calls her article "A Proposal, a Fantasy" because people want to keep this label in place for different reasons: some parents are concerned that this means there won't be a safe section to steer their children towards; others are saying that removing this label would mean there would be just two separate categories - adults and children. While YA isn't quite adult, it's most definitely not in the children's category. People have been tweeting at Headbuzzer with their many opinions!
See, we at Random Buzzers already know that YA books are great and they can be for everyone - the label is just a label. It seems that when people get upset about removing this or snub the label, it's because they already have some preconceived notion of what YA is about in their minds.
What do you think, Buzzers? Should the YA Label stay?