I’d just received the book from Paperbackswap, so I had to go see it first. A few weeks after seeing the movie, I jumped into the book.
I like that it is now acceptable for those of us who are middle aged to read “young adult” fiction. So many adults (myself included) would never think of going into the Young Adult section to browse for ourselves. Go pick up Harry Potter or Lemony Snickett, yes, but just to look, no. It is such a shame, because there is some really good stuff in there … which I discovered trying to track down the copy of Planet of the Apes that the library’s system claimed it had. Did you know that Robinson Crusoe, Kidnapped, and Land that Time Forgot, are all categorized that way, even though it was a genre that didn’t exist when the books were written?!?!?
(Author’s aside: If you haven’t already read Planet of the Apes, please do! It is wonderful! And the ending is very different than the movie. It’s a quick 250 page read. I’ll wait.)
I know many times I’ve allowed my own often mistaken perceptions keep me away from things I ultimately enjoyed. What allowed me to make the jump from non-Sci Fi reader to sci fi lover was Slaughter House Five. I loved Kurt Vonnegut instantly, and I am so glad I didn’t notice the UFO sticker on the spine until I was done. Have I mentioned that I’m not very observant?
So often in my life I’ve found myself frustrated with the sole cause being a label I have put on something; normally it is labeling something as “wrong” when actually it is simply “different” from what I had anticipated. Those labels that we use are so important because they affect how we see situations and other people. With CERT, victims are the ones who didn’t make it. We help the “survivors.” How empowering that term is to the people who receive the service!
Have you ever found yourself tripped up by a label? or Am I alone in thinking that the only books that should be in the Young Adult section are those written after that label’s creation? There I go again, setting myself up for frustration!