To quote my English professor – if you’re popular, you can’t be an artist. Thanks to the stereotypes that surround writers and musicians, most people assume that “successful” or “popular” means that you’re selling out. You’re pandering to the masses instead of churning out poetic and incomprehensible prose. A YA novel can’t be real literature because it’s not obscure and intellectual; therefore, YA writers are not real artists.
Well, you’ll be happy to know that this mentality has been around since Shakespeare’s time. Yes, Shakespeare. He also wrote meaningless drivel that wasn’t considered “real” literature. Why? Because it was popular. Because it was entertaining. Because it appealed to peasants and royalty, noblemen and farm boys.
So the next time someone asks you when you’re going to write a real book, just smile and remember that Will Shakespeare would be proud of you.
~Kristin Briana Otts