As a kid growing up, I was the oddball. Not only was I intelligent, I was already known for having a mature personality. I have been bullied quite a bit in my time. And quite notably at thirteen I started my first story about broken relationship, which my own creative writing teacher telling this was really good at thirteen for how realistic this was. I was also the oddball child who loved horror and dark weird stories. Notably read Edgar Poe in 5th grade. Forever what it is worth, the mini background I gave you wasn't to brag about my achievements of intellect. It was to ask a bit of a question. Currently I am writing a novel for young readers and young adult readers, a mixture of the both. The story itself carries heavy and dark themes, such as death and demons. And is written as if it were an adult novel. My concern here is that, people would deem it to scary or to smart for children. But my issue always with young readers and young adult novels was that I always I felt insulted that the teenagers and kids were nothing like me. [this was when I was a kid]. They were written dumb and as if they lacked intelligence. They joked around a lot. Sure I wasn't super mature as I was. And yes I was naive, but not that naive. I am writing this novel in hopes to both change YR and YA, with a smarter more mature character and story. What should I do? Drop the subject? Change the rating of the novel for adult readers? Would they even want to read about the adventures of a seventeen year old? I know some more religious audiences wouldn't appreciate this story. One of my more religious acquaintances told me that I should stop this story as well because it was to dark. And taught kids bad habits.