I am writing a paper about teenagers and adults as readers, and I need your input! Using the main theme of Paper Towns as a lens (the relationship of what we imagine and what really is), I will be examining the relationship between reviews of Paper Towns and the perceptions about teens and adults as readers therein.
Paper Towns is marketed as a Young Adult novel. The age range of YA readers has changed over the years to now include the ages of twelve to thirty-five! And yet most of the reviews I have read categorize Paper Towns as a novel meant for older, mature teens such as juniors and seniors in high school. One reviewer recommended that PT only be given to teacher's "sharpest teens." I argue that the adults reviewing PT with the teen reader in mind are actually "doing a Quentin": they're projecting who they believe the audience to be over the reality of who the audience actually is.
So! How do you view yourself as a reader of PT?
Do you think you are you an Adult reader, a YA reader?
Who do you think PT is written for?
Adult readers: what do you think YA readers want to read? Why do you think they read what they read? What do you
want to read? Is it different from YAs?
YA readers: what do you want to read? Why? Do you think adults are mis-imagining you as a reader?
And the big questions:
Why do you enjoy/value PT?
What makes you a "mature" reader, if you believe that you are one?
Do you agree that "language and sex issues" are reasons to push a novel onto a demographic considered to be more "mature"?
Barnes and Noble page for Paper Towns
, including a selection of reviews.
If you would be so kind as to let me know if I may quote you in the paper, I would be very grateful. :)