New Poll: What should I read next?

Well, as was expected, 62% of the 308 voters have no intention of reading Stephenie Meyer's The Host and Christopher Paolini's Brisingr because they are YA novels. The results could have been much different had the poll been posted elsewhere, but it was no big surprise given the readership I have here. . .

Still, many of you do read and enjoy YA and children's literature, and there's nothing wrong with that!;-)

This new survey lets you decide what I'll be reading next. Now that I'm done with the excellent The Ten Thousand by Paul Kearney (Canada, USA, Europe) and I'm into Jack Vance's Tales of the Dying Earth (Canada, USA, Europe), you get to choose what comes next. Similar polls last spring turned out to be a lot of fun, so here we go again!

22 commentaires:

Alrin said...

That they are YA has nothing to do with it. I won't be reading them because they're shite.

Alex said...

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga may be YA but she wrote The Host as an adult novel.

Anonymous said...

What's worse than YA?

YA shite that's what!

Carl said...

The Host isn't YA. I'm not reading it because I tried the excerpt on her website but couldn't get through it.

Anonymous said...

The Host is not YA. I read it and was very surprised at how good it was, especially in the second half. I thought it was much better than the Twilight Saga...

Roland said...

A staggering quantity of people stated that even if they won't read any of the two books, it has nothing to do with the fact that they are YA. Why then do you insist on saying that it's the single reason for those people not to want to read them?

Mike Toot said...

@alrin: +1.

I could only make it through twenty pages of Eragon before hurling it book across the room. People whose opinions I respect have told me that Twilight is no better.

Life is far too short to waste time reading shite.

Adam Whitehead said...

There are people who actually won't read a book because it's 'YA'? Sorry, but that is one of the most ridiculous things I've heard.

The only difference between a YA and an 'adult' book is perhaps a toning down of sexual themes and extreme violence (and not even that much). Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy, China Mieville's Un Lun Dun and Peadar O Guilin's The Inferior are among the best fantasy novels of the past decade or so, and the notion that someone won't read them because of the marketing label is ludicrous.

Stephannie said...

I'm not reading them b/c they're YA. I read a fair amount of YA novels. However, I have absolutely no interest in either of these authors.

Stephannie said...

oops, edit that to read

"I'm not not reading b/c they're YA...."

Anonymous said...

Aah, The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox. I can't wait for the omnibus edition that's coming out in a month.

I agree with you, adam_whitehead.
Le Guin writes YA (Annals of the Western Shore) and there's no way I'm missing her stuff.

Adam Whitehead said...

@ Stephanie

Actually, what I've sampled of both authors is fairly indegestible, so I agree :-) I more had an issue with people saying they wouldn't read YA books because they are YA, which would indeed rule out work by fantasists such as Mieville, Le Guin, Pratchett, Pullman and so forth.

Not reading authors like Meyer and Paolini because they suck donkey balls is totally valid, however.

Larry said...

I just want to challenge Pat and others here who seem to have a rather negative view of YA literature to read Margo Lanagan's work, either her three short story collections available in the U.S. or her upcoming (October) novel, Tender Morsels. That novel might win a few awards here and there.

Joanna Nox said...

YA literature is alas, very underrated, and good YA is often not considered as such. And besides, since Stephanie Meyer and Christopher Paolini are authors of the illustrious Twilight Saga and the groundbreaking and original Inheritance Cycle, I doubt "being YA" is the only reason people won't read them ;)

Anonymous said...

Despite being a YA novel, its amazing how may 60+ year olds come into BN looking to buy Brisingr, and were really pissy when we had to tell them it wasn't out yet

Anonymous said...

how many of you who don't want to read them because they are "young adult" have read His dark Materials which is listed as childrens

Per Morten said...

I don't have any prejudice against books just because they're YA. The Hobbit was YA and that was what got me into this in the olden days. But those books don't appeal for alot of other reasons as Adam said..

irishpoliceman said...

I have to say the new Steven Erikson novel "Toll the Hounds" or "Return of the Crimson Guard." As confusing as the series is and i wanna pull my hair out by the time im done with each novel...i still love them. God i wish someone would start up with the chapter summaries on them again!

NOONE said...

I have to agree with u Pat. Last year when u did this i found a whole bunch of books that i wasn't interested in at first but in the long run turned out well. I thank you for bringing all these great books to my attention. I would love to see u read the Gold and Black.
Thanks

Shara said...

And yet you INSIST on saying THE HOST is YA when you've been repeatedly informed otherwise. Just because some readers think it should've been marketed as YA doesn't mean that's what the book is. There's plenty of YA that could be marketed as adult work, and vise versa. Shame on you for not at least CLARIFYING in this post that you mistakenly labeled THE HOST as YA.

On another note, I'm surprised no one's mentioned HARRY POTTER in these comments...

Cecrow said...

Don't care a fig for Eragon stuff or vampires, but I'll be buying 'Inkdeath' next week, and Cornelia Funke is YA and then some.

Anonymous said...

I've read at least 6 books in the last year that were shelved in YA. I won't be reading either of the 2 aforementioned because they are, as others have already mentioned, shite.