As a teenager living in the United States, It doesn’t always occur to me that there isn’t a whole lot of variety in settings when it comes to YA. Now, don’t get me wrong, YA has come a long way within the past years and there is a lot more variety than there used to be. But, think about it. The majority of contemporary or even some paranormal and dystopian books are set in the US.
I do understand that the majority of YA authors probably live in the United States. So, no doubt, that plays a factor. I feel like to realistically portray what another places is like, you actually have to have been there yourself.
And publishing factors in too. Not every book is published in every place. There may be a lot of UKYA books that us readers in the United States have never heard of, and vice versa. For example, the Geek Girl series by Holly Smale has been HUGE in the UK for quite a while now, but the first book has only recently been published in the United States.
There are a couple of Australian bloggers that I follow that talk about how much they love reading books by Aussie authors. And I think that’s great. I’d love to read book written by authors who live outside of the US.
So, I guess my question here is…why are there so few YA books set in other places? I would love to see books by authors who live in other places being publicized in the US and US authors writing books set in different places.
I suppose there’s no direct answer to that question. It’s just something that I was thinking about because personally, I love reading books set in fun places like Europe. I love getting to visit other places that I may never get to see in real life. Well, not anytime soon anyway.
Before I wrap up here, one more question. I feel like a lot of popular YA books are set in the US and written by American authors. (or is that just me) Anyways, do you lovely bloggers and readers who live outside of the US ever get tired of reading and seeing book set in the United States? Do you wish there was more variety too? Or is there more variety where you live and just not here for me in the US?
Share your thoughts and let me know!