When I started writing a blog, I never thought that it would lead to an examination of my morals. I thought it might be fun and a good way to get in touch with the writing community. Being in touch with fellow writers means that I’ve gotten requests to host blog book tours, etc. And while I love to help and support my fellow writers, I’ve come across a dilemma. I could use some advice. Here is my problem:
I’ve been approached by a YA author who would like to make a stop on her book launch tour at my blog. I was excited to read her book. I sat down, read a few pages in, and went, “uh oh!” There was a very graphically described, very violent scene; one that I don’t think should be included in a YA novel.
This author was quick to point out that The Hunger Games books are very violent as well. That’s true. But here’s my dirty little secret; I think that The Hunger Games series is really an adult series masquerading as a YA series. I recently heard the books described as “blood-drenched,” which I think is accurate. Yes, I love them. Yes, I own the books. Yes, I plan on seeing the movies. But do I think they’re YA books? No. I think they are adult books, about a teenage protagonist.
This author seems like a very nice person, and I hate to disappoint her, but I don’t want to be seen as endorsing a book that I feel is too violent for YA readers. I just don’t know what to do. What do you think? Have any of you experienced anything like this? How did you handle it? Help! I need advice!
On a different note, we’ll be interviewing a self-published author on Wednesday, one who is doing QUITE well. Stay tuned to learn her secrets!