are they serious?
June 9th, 2009
Okay, I love Entertainment Weekly and there is no such thing as bad press, but really, first the review of the book basically slams If I Stay for not being enough like Twilight when no one but EW (okay and The Daily Beast) ever said it was anything like the Vampiric love saga.
Now, a Popwatch item referring to the Wall Street Journal piece on “dark” teen books, labels If I Stay as “death-centric” and questions whether books like this and Laurie Halse Anderson’s wonderful Wintergirls are “dangerous?”
I know Popwatch is just trying to be provocative and get the conversation going but this is all a little silly. Yes, people die in If I Stay, and Mia contemplates issues of mortality, but if you ask me, it is a book about love and life, not death, and as many readers have noted to me, it’s not really all that dark.
I mean, come on. Reductive much? If YA novels can be nuanced, shouldn’t adult publications set the bar a little higher?