Would anyone know the average age of the majority of YA authors ? I'm wondering if they'd all be young ( to me, young would be anything under 40 )... If I were to write a book, it'd be a challenge for me to recall how it felt to be a teen . I'm thinking maybe the closer you ARE to that age, the easier it'd be to write about that age .
Also, I live in an area that is predominately religious . ( A group that very closely resembles Amish ) ,and I know the English teachers in our schools have a difficult time choosing group reads for their classes. Most of the mothers of these kids read all the assigned books the summer before school to decide if the books are acceptable for their kids and church beliefs .
I'm not a churchgoer ,so I'm not asking personally, but these parents have a really hard time finding any modern YA books that would be acceptable ,so their kids usually end up reading some of the old Classics or more "childish-themed" books .
In fact, our entire library system has a large section of books specifically for the adults in the church . They have series of books about fictional Amish ,romances that would be considered G- rated , etc .
I've been thinking about some different questions that would be directly linked to YA books ... and maybe I'm old fashioned ,but are there any YA books that don't accept pre-marital sex as just another daily event ? I know I sound like a Crabby Old Geezer that needs to get out of the Caveman days , but these are big concerns in our area. Parents don't want their kids choosing books that make certain ideas seem the norm . Does anyone feel that if kids read about these things, the books have enough influence over them to encourage certain behaviors, even though it is drilled into them at home that it is NOT acceptable ?
I'm also wondering if very many YA books address the issues of bullying . We had that ,even back in MY day, but the thought would have never crossed anyone's mind that someone would come and get revenge by bringing a weapon to school .
Just a few thoughts to throw out there ....