In one of the other threads, someone made a comment on YA fiction that got me thinking: I write stories for teenagers, so my initial reaction is, "So if it's for teens, it can't be as good?" I hear comments like that all the time. Most teenagers, unless they have dyslexia or another issue that has delayed their ability to learn to read, have no problems reading adult books. The thing of it is, what is relevant to teenagers and what interests them is very different from what interests adults, so the books that would most interest teenagers are not the same ones that would interest most adults. There are also so many books for adults that are not "literary." Charles de Lint made an interesting observation when he was asked to put together a short story collegction to be marketed to teenagers. He wasn't sure what to do at first because he had never specifically written anything for a teenage audience before. On the other hand, he had lots of stories with teenagers as the main character. That got me thinking about the real difference between books for adults and teenagers. Unless you're writing for kids who are having trouble reading, the only difference that really matters is the age of the characters and the relevant issues. What are your thoughts on books for teenagers?