Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I love what Cynthia Crossen, who writes the Dear Book Lover column for the Wall Street Journal, wrote about YA literature in a recent column:

"Good YA is not dumbed-down adult fare; it’s literature that doesn’t waste a breath. It doesn’t linger over grandiloquent descriptions of clouds or fields, and it doesn’t introduce irrelevant minor characters in the hope (too often gratified) that the book will be called Dickensian."


6 comments:

Kimberly Derting said...

I <3 Cynthia. And may want to marry her.

jessjordan said...

I big heart this quote. Perfect definition of good YA.

Hardygirl said...

Dang! I can't find the quote or who said it, but it is something like this . . . when asked what it was like to write for children, the author said, "It's just like writing for adults . . . without all the bullsh*t."

Anyone know who said this? It's dead on perfect. Just like Cynthia's quote.

sf

Steve Brezenoff said...

That's fantastic.

Anna Claire said...

Dickens. blech.

Suzanne Young said...

This is great! Nice find!