So today I am starting a new feature here at A Daydreamer’s Thoughts! At the moment this may not happen every friday, but they will always appear on Fridays. These posts will be all about my thoughts and opinions on bookish things and movie things. This week I am going to talk to you all about Middle Grade Fiction
When it comes to MG fiction, I used to be wary of it. Was I sure that reading a story aimed at 8-12 year olds was really for me? Was it not enough that I already read fiction aimed at 13-17 year olds? But then I decided to ignore all my instincts and to just go ahead and read some. If I didn’t like them, then I didn’t have to read them, did I? So, with an open mind I started reading The History Keepers. This was a story that I found to be incredibly entertaining, wholly compelling, and a book that I just really enjoyed. I liked it so much that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. Thus proving to me that there was more to MG fiction than I first thought.
Since then I haven’t read a lot of MG fiction, mostly because I have so many YA review books to read, but I have still read a few more MG novels that I really liked. Currently I am reading C. J. Busby’s Frogspell series and am finding myself really enjoying the stories and cannot wait to read more of them. These books have truly opened up my eyes to the category and has helped me to feel a little less wary of them. These books can be full of adventure, strong protagonists, interesting conflicts, and even sometimes a little bit fun here and there as well.
But what does this have to do with you?
Due to the fact that I found myself liking to read MG fiction, I felt I needed to work out why I was so afraid to pick it up in the first place. When I was younger I did read a lot of fiction aimed at my age group but I quickly moved onto adult fiction and it was a long time before I “stepped” backwards again. But when I started reading YA, I devoured it quickly and rapidly to the point where I now rarely read anything else. So why can’t I allow myself to slip further back by reading more MG fiction as well?
It was only when I sat down and watched How To Train Your Dragon that I realised why I should not only be reading more MG fiction but I believe you should be too. I love family-oriented films. I love characters who are still only children doing all that they can to get out of tricky situations, or to win over the love of their friends. In comparison, MG fiction is exactly the same. Just in book form and, as an avid reader, why wouldn’t I like them? So, now I know that I am going to try to read more MG fiction, because I know that it is likely to be a category of books that I’ll like, especially if they’re adventure books.
Do you agree? Do you think you’d ever try to read a MG book or would you rather stick to YA, NA, or AF? What do you think about my theory?