Does your age matter when you are reading? Now by that I don’t mean should you only read at certain ages, I mean does how old you are have an impact on your enjoyment of reading particular books? Of course, adults aren’t going to love books meant for toddlers, but I’m talking about “proper” books.
Most books have a target audience, at least in terms of age, so if a book is aimed at people older or younger than you does that mean you wont enjoy it? Personally, I usually don’t like YA or “new adult” and of course I am not the target audience there. How about classics? They are forced on most kids at some point during school and “average” kids often don’t like them. Why? My guess would be the language. Usually it is more difficult than with modern books so can be an effort to get through to get to the actual story. When people go back to read classics as adults however, those same people often enjoy them. Why? By that stage they have been exposed to language a lot more so perhaps they just automatically find the language easier to understand and can focus on the story? So, that would suggest age really does matter.
On Booktube I have seen quite a few videos where people mention that they think their younger self would have enjoyed a book more so it stands to reason that age does matter. There were a few books I read at school that everyone in my year group was reading and loving, so when I see a bad review for those books, I wonder if it because of the age of the reader. Pretty much every book has mixed reviews right? Are the bad ones because those people saw or didn’t see something in the book that other’s missed? Or is it an age thing?
What do you think? Are there books you loved at school that as an adult you now think aren’t so great? Or books you hated at school that you now love as an adult?