Here I am with yet another discussion post. Today I want to talk about technology in YA literature or rather the lack thereof. For some reason this aspect of a teenager’s life is so often forgotten. Why is that?
I got the idea for this post after reading The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli This is one of the few books, if not the only one, were the amount of technology is spot on. The characters always have their phone with them. They text. Pinterest, Tumblr, Youtube and Etsy are mentioned. These are al so normal things in the life of a teenager and believe me, I can know.
So why is this aspect so often forgotten?
One of the reasons I can think of is that it would make the story too easy. Sometimes storylines involve no contact between certain characters, something that would be fixed right away if they had their phones.
Or maybe it is because it doesn’t fit in the world. I can understand that when it comes to Historical Fiction or Fantasy. Contemporary however, I don’t. It makes the story much less relatable or real.
Maybe authors do it because it dates a book. Only a few years back MSN messenger was frequently used and would have been relatable in a book, but now the book would be dated. Then again if a book really is that good and people still read it in let’s say fifty years, isn’t dated technology part of the charm?
Those are the reasons I can think of right now. Before I go I want to make clear that a lack of technology wont stop me from reading a book. When a book does have the right amount of it though I will be more likely to love it and find it relatable.
So what do you think? Is there not enough technology in YA? Do you mind? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to hear your opinions.
See you next time! Love,