Originally Posted by Bombalurina
No, they didn't, but you don't land there without being published in the first place. :p
I won't deny that it's popular and an engaging story, I just find his writing style a little immature at times. It's the same with Harry Potter, though - the majority of people only care that the story line is full of fun and adventure, rather than focussing on the way it is written. I like a good adventure as much as the next person, but as an English major (and even before I was) I'm nitpicky about written style, and I just don't think his is that great.
If you want amazing storylines, great writing and a general amazingness, try Scott Lynch's "The Lies of Locke Lamora". My favourite book ever. ;)
I think YA lit is a little immature because the writers are trying to reach teens and tweens. I happened to be a reading from an early age so my reading comp was higher than most. So, I could handle mature writting styles without much trouble. However, I also had a friend with a learning disability. She wasn't stupid, but she would get lost in a book if it was written "too fancy" (she explains it better than me).
I think when a book is aimed at a nitch of people who are just dipping their toes in the water, the writting style has to be a bit immature at first. I happened to be reading books on my own since first grade. Some readers don't blossom until they are in Middle school or even high school. If all YA lit was written for kids who started reading as early as I did, then there would be a lot less teens reading.
Besides, the kids who did start reading as early as me will read older books. I was reading Roots by Alex Haley by my Freshman year of high school. If all YA lit was written for my level of reading comp most high schoolers' heads would explode. XD