Why do you read the genre that you do? What draws you to it?
I love reading YA fantasy or dystopian. Even thinking back to when I was younger, some of my favorite authors to read were Tamora Pierce, JK Rowling, and Libba Bray; I loved The Giver and The Magician's Nephew; The Guardians of Ga'hoole, Pendragon, and Artemis Fowl were the series I followed.
Now that I'm in college, I still find myself attached to YA fantasy. While they're quick reads for me now, this genre still pulls me in for all the same reasons it did when I was younger. I can't find novels in the adult section that I love quite the same way I love my YA.
Everyone always talks about how reading should be an escape. In order for reading to have that effect on me, I need the story to be very distinct from reality. I need to be able to pick up a book and have it transport me somewhere that doesn't remind me of the real world. Being able to use a book as a vessel to imagine something totally new and exciting is something I find only fantasy is able to do for me. Whether the new world that's created is better or worse than reality right now doesn't matter to me so long that it's different. I find that YA fantasy and dystopian novels are full of avenues for me as the reader to explore different ideas, without being constrained by the laws of reality.
What's your take on YA fantasy and dystopian novels? Do you have any all-time favorite books from these genres?