Lately, I have been reading a lot of young adult literature. Not a huge confession as I always read a lot of YA lit—the stuff is good! Good as in really well written. However, my current reads I would have to sub-classify as “guilty pleasures”. They are books, obviously written for the pre-teen, teenager, and from which, I am deriving too much enjoyment. The first is the Mediator series from Meg Cabot. There is something really addicting with Meg Cabot’s writing. It is so breezy, like a conversation with a friend. So that before you realize it, you have just spent two hours in her company. (This is not a good thing if you are currently a graduate student, and your time instead should be profitably directed towards studying habitat suitability.) The mediator series is about Susannah Simon, “a mediator—a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won't leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living.” And the even better part of the series……she falls in love with a dead guy. Talk about gripping……seriously. I have requested the entire series (6 books) from my library and am waiting in anticipation for the next to arrive. Pathetic.
The other: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. A book about two star-crossed young lovers: a girl and a……vampire. Yes, I read…..and loved….a vampire book. Can a lover of Jane Austen admit that? It seems a bit seditious. The story was very compelling, and I would highly recommend the book. The only other vampire book that I have read and also really enjoyed……Robin McKinnley’s “Sunshine.” Completely different but equally addicting. What is so alluring about vampires? Perhaps it is the irresistible attraction that they feel towards the protagonist. Love mixed with the physical craving for their blood.
So, yes, I have been regressing towards my teenage years--reading about supernatural high school experiences like I too was seventeen. Guilty pleasure……most definitely. But not one that I am about to stop any time soon!