Anyway, today is nice and simple. The blogfest participants have received a few questions to answer, regarding middle-grade and teen fiction. I'm just going to answer one. So here goes:
Middle grade novels are defined as books for the 8-12 age range. Do teens still read middle grade fiction as they get older (for example, Harry Potter is an example of middle grade that's read by teens and adults) or are they naturally attracted to books with older themes and characters? Is it uncool to still read middle grade as you enter your teens?
Naturally, when you get to being a teenager, you begin to break away from middle-grade and children's stories, and venture more in the YA and adult's literature. But even so, I still enjoy reading middle-grade, because I find that they are more simple than YA stories - which is not to say that they are simple, it's just to say that they are not so complex that you get lost (as a teen, yes, sometimes I do get lost in fiction written for older audiences). For example, like the Harry Potter series, the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini could be classed as middle-grade, but it still captures older audiences as well. If the writer can achieve this effect, then I don't see the problem with teens reading such stories.
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So, the Teen Writers Summer Blogfest comes to an end. I'd like to thank Brittany from Hills and Corkscrews for being an excellent host, and also all the other blogfest participants. Thanks for a great week!