🔰The Maze Runner is the latest book in the Young Adult genre of fiction that has become a motion picture.
After seeing The Hunger Games parts 1 and 2 last year, I fell for YA fiction. Reading and watching The Maze Runner have me completely enamoured. What makes it so appealing to 45 year old mother of three nearly young adults of her own?
The characters in a lot of the novels are a different breed from the girls and boys in the books I read. Back in the 80s Judy Bloom cranked out a pile of novels geared toward the pre/teen/late teen crowd. They were great, well written. They spoke of all the ups and downs puberty can put you through. Dating, bras, dreams, hopes fears. My generation was the last generation to be relatively sheltered and innocent in the ways of the world.
This generation, those in their 20s and younger aren’t like that. There’s a boldness I see in my children and their counterparts that my friends and I didn’t have. A fearlessness, confidence, I CAN DO ANYTHING-ness, that I wish I had 20/25 years ago. This is what comes out in The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, and other works of this type. When faced with a challenge the main characters may pause for a moment, before making a choice, taking a path, but it’s evident that just know that they must and will do something. They’ll succeed or die trying.
I find these books refreshing. Adult fiction tends to be predictable, as are the movies they become. Rom-coms, thrillers, mysteries. There is very rarely an ending that surprises. I’m tired of the predictable!
So join in, grab a YA novel or wait for the movie to come out but definitely give it a try! 🙌
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