Am I too old for YA romances?
This is a question that I’ve had a complicated relationship with, and something that I find myself thinking of while reading Isla and the Happily Ever After. I am a strong believer that anyone should be able to read whatever they want without being judged for it. Reading tastes are personal and it’s nobody else’s business what you love to read. That said, I am noticing my reading tastes changing as I get older and books that I would have gushed over 5 years ago don't have the same effect on me now. So I want to preface this by saying, if there is a trope or type of story that I’m not a fan of, doesn’t mean that you’re not allowed to read and enjoy it. I would actually encourage you to be proud of what you love to read, because reading is beautiful!
I'm not saying that I don’t still enjoy a good YA romance from time to time (I adore To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.), but I do find that I’m starting to relate to them less and instead feel more nostalgic towards the experiences that the characters are having, which is an interesting change in my reading experience as an adult. And to give more of a specific example, in the case of Isla and the Happily Ever After I am no longer able to get swept up in an insta-lovey, infatuation masquerading as love at the start of a relationship type story. This is probably partly because I have never truly believed in love at first sight/insta-love (it has always kind of pulled me out of a story), and partly because I may have gotten more cynical or realistic (whatever you want to call it) about love as I’ve gotten older.
So am I too old for YA romances? No. I don’t think you can be too old to read something if you enjoy it. However, my reading tastes have changed since I was a teen and what I look for in a YA romance is different. I want characters that have real conversations and grow to love each other in a healthy, mutually-respectful way. Because that’s what many of us adults who are looking for romantic love, look for in a relationship as well.
I hope you all enjoyed this short little post with my ramble-y thoughts! Have you ever felt that you were too old or too young for a particular book or series? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time, have a lovely rest of your day and read something awesome!