So, I’ve gotten really good reviews so far for Warlock. But one review, even though it was a four out of five star rating, said it would have been a five star rating if the book was more firmly in either the “Young Adult” or the “Adult” fantasy genres instead of bridging the gap between YA and Adult.
This puzzles me. It puzzles me for many reasons.
First, how does what genre people want to pigeonhole a book into factor into the quality of the actual writing?
Second, the reason it was “bridging genres” according to the review is because there were maybe half a dozen references in the book to the main character (19 years old) and his main love interest (20 years old) having actual sex. The review even points out that the actual sexual activity is never described, there is no erotica in the book, there is just an openness about the main characters engaging in sexual activity a few times in the course of a four hundred page book.
I suppose that there could be some argument that a fifteen year old reading the book might blush a little at the frankness of that area of the relationship. But I don’t see how that can possibly be the case in a culture where we give middle school kids access to birth control, and a fifteen year old girl can have an abortion without notifying her parents. I think it’s pretty clear that “young adults” see more sex in your average Carl’s Junior commercial than exists in my entire book.
But that’s not really what puzzles me. What puzzles me is that the book has some seriously bloody and evil scenes in it. I mean scenes where hundreds, or thousands of men are killed in horrible ways. Lirak, the main character, suffers horrible wounds. There are literal rivers of blood.
But half a dozen references to actual sex makes the book “too adult”.
Is it just me? Or is this just weird?