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YA masquerading as adult fantasy: Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

There’s been a bit of a kerfuffle recently in the internet literary world over book genres. Some people get very mad at the suggestion that such and such a book is fantasy or sci-fi, while others throw a hissy fit if you claim such and such a book isn’t fantasy or sci-fi. The one thing everyone can agree on is that you should count your lucky stars your favourite genre novel isn’t being lumped into the Young Adult (YA) basket with the sparkly vampires and bland 1984 rip-offs.

Now I’d like to provide my two cents on that last point. Speaking as someone who reads and enjoys books aimed at teenagers and even children, I think YA has a lot of admirable qualities that adult fiction (even adult “literary fiction”) could learn a thing or two from. The label of YA or “YA-ish” is often derogatory, but it doesn’t have to be.

I just wanted to get that out of the way because unfortunately in the case of Mistborn, it totally is.

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