TIME’S 100 BEST YA BOOKS OF ALL TIME | REACTION Time list: https://time.com/collection/100-best-ya-books/ Reaction video to time’s 100 best fantasy …




  1. The Contradictorian

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    This list made me spit fire.

  2. Sohaib Khalid Sial

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    no "hi guys"? 🥺

  3. Tonya Sullivan

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    My favorite book I had to read in school was to kill a mockingbird. After that I would probably say one flew over the cuckoo's nest. Both are great

  4. Tonya Sullivan

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Would R.L. Stine be considered as YA? I loved fear street books as a teen and early 20s. Even like the netflix movies now that I'm in my late 30s

  5. Sally Mercedes

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I agree that YA is more a marketing term than anything else, but if we are making a list based on the general "rules" of that term, then I think most of these classics still apply. They're telling stories about young people within that age range, they're mostly coming of age stories, and were written to target young readers (from my understanding). I don't know that to be true for ALL of the classics here, but just from a quick scan, it seems like these rules apply to most of them.

    What I definitely think is weird is the inclusion of middle grade books on this list. I do understand, though, that "middle grade" is not a term most readers seem to know anyway. Even with friends of mine who are teachers and sometimes ask me for books to pass on to their students, if I say something like, "but this is technically middle grade, not YA," I often need to explain to them what that means.

  6. Kier The Scrivener

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I read the list and definitely thought that way about some of the classic books but I do think Catcher In The Rye is a YA book (it's a book that I don't like, but I think it is one of those books that is loved by many teens and makes them feel seen. And I read it at 20 and felt that if I had of been 15 or 16 instead I would have liked it instead).

    I see the argument for only modern YA but I also see the one for classics. Classic books are what really made me want to read as a teen, I know I am in the minority here but studying books, especially To Kill A Mockingbird, Hamlet, Great Gatsby, Kite Runner in high school was what made me enamored with books.

    I think there is a pressure on kids that is unfair to read classics or to enjoy a certain kind of book but also important to recognize sone kids enjoy classics or older books. They enjoy the study or the history of it.

  7. Nicolas Hernandez Vidal

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    How was there not a single A Series of Unfortunate Events book on there???

  8. greenie !!!

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    YA contemporary ruined my love of reading when i was in middle school but if i think about it YA SFF books have the same stories that make me super uncomfy, so i just wish we could get lists on books that are suitable for YA audiences that don't have any content that can make kids/teens feel bad about themselves (like "meaningful" books about being sick that just say you should risk your life to go kiss some guy, that can seriously damage the mindset of a young person with an illness)

  9. Sarah {faeryreads}

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I hate the way Time throws around the word "best" because in this case, they mean influential and compelling, but on the top 100 fantasy list, "best" meant engaging and innovative. They should have called this "most influential YA books" and then let some young adults who read YA decide on the "best".

    Also, none of the authors on the panel are strictly SFF authors, so even just from the choice of the panel, it's clear that Time didn't really care about including SFF on the list.

  10. Jennifer Enjaian

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    To see books like Little Women, an absolute classic but definitely not a YA book, on the same list as Frankly in Love made me gag. It seems to me that they picked books that fit certain categories of representation rather than actual quality of the book.

  11. Scientist's Reading World

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I just think as the last list of times is having books that are pretty recent being called "The best" and yeah the bias of certain genres
    And I agree 100% with everything you said!

  12. Missy Thornback

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Librarians should create these lists. And including an author multiple times especially those on the panel was ridiculous.

  13. The Library of Allenxandria

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Great video. Yeah, TKAM isn't YA, so I'm not sure what happened there. Also, Klaus was LIVID that they included The Diary of Anne Frank on that list since, you know, she was an actual person murdered by the Nazis. Get it together, Time.

  14. Alison's corner

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Can we please make our own list right here and then send it to them

  15. Wronda Gustafson

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    If people don’t think that Fantasy and SciFi have the content to be relevant to identity or value-based or culturally sensitive, they haven’t been reading these stories. Honestly it’s often better to address important issues through a side door, giving the reader a chance to absorb and think, rather than hitting the reader over the head.

  16. Michael Sommers

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    If you ask me (and no one did), it is ridiculous to call a 12-year-old a "young adult". A 12-year-old is not an adult of any sort. A 12-year-old is a child.

    The reason school children are forced to read books they aren't interested in is because they are children. They do not yet have enough knowledge or experience to know what is good literature. If left to their own devices, they will read nothing but Spiderman comic books, and not go near Shakespeare or Milton or Faulkner.

  17. The Fifth Eliot

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    the poet X was on the list, so im happy enuf as a non YA reader

  18. Svenya

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    I'll never get over the fact that Anne Frank was on this list. It's disgraceful. I did a full rant about this list on my channel too and I'm so glad I'm not the only person who is annoyed!

  19. 16thJune1904

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Well this shows how much of a dumb dumb I am. I've just had a look at the list and I've literally NEVER heard anyone say books like Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye aren't YA. I've seen them included in the YA age range in basically every bookstore I've ever visited, and I would never classify them as anything else (apart from classics, I guess, but there's some overlap there). Man, I must be so out of touch.

    It seems weird to me that some say they're not YA books, is it because adults enjoy them too? I love lots of YA so that hasn't really been something I thought about before. I am so confused, maybe people have changed the definition of YA since I was growing up. Oh well, I guess that shows how much I know.

  20. Petra Van Houtte

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    We keep calling these lists "the best of____"
    Why don't we name them something else? (Not sure specifically what, but if you're making a list you might want to take the time to think about it more than a random youtube comment) I think that would be a lot more helpful than empty titles for books lumped together in categories that are clearly far too broad.

  21. Bridget Womelduff

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Isn’t Percy Jackson considered middle grade and not YA?

    I wish any Tamara Pierce book was listed, unfortunately she often is misclassified as middle grade because she was writing before YA was a solid genre (in the 80s). She also paved the way for female fantasy writers and wrote diverse characters who were asexual, and gender fluid before terms for both were widely recognized.

    I agree there should have been more fantasy/sci-fi. People often dismiss this genre as not important, but yet the underlying themes often mirror real life issues. Sigh. Disappointed in this list too.

  22. Jessica Donegan

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Little Women, Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mocking Bird where all high school required reading for me so I've always considered them "young adult" since we've decided teens should read those books so much they've become part of the high school curriculum. I do consider them a different YA genre than popular YA books a kid would actually pick up for fun. It's like "literary academic ya" and "ya kids would purchase of their own free will without anyone encouraging them to look at it."

    Middle grade is a bit of a confusing mess to me since there's some obvious cross over books in the upper range. Like Harry Potter is what I'd call a "middle grade" book, but I could see teens enjoying them too. The Giver is obvious middle grade to me, but Hunger Games straddles the line between YA and middle grade. But like Diary of a Wimpy Kid is middle grade through and through.

    The same issue arises between YA and New Adult.

  23. MasterSal

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    The only one I had a bit of a reaction to was Diary of Anne Frank. I guess children read it, which is good. But it’s a diary of a real person which was not written to be sold so I didn’t expect it on a list.

    As for Little Women – that is definitely YA for me. It was written for young women as a homily. The publisher asked for a book targeting towards that genre. It is one of the original so I loved the fact that it was recognized it as such. I thought it was important to recognize that YA books are classics as well.

  24. Books And Chocaholic

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Well said!! I completely agree with literally everything said in this video!

  25. Irene van Benthem

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Be glad you don’t live in the Netherlands the issues you mention here is even worse over here. I think if you would let Dutch people make this list I think it will be all middle grade. Books stores here even categorize adult fantasy as young adult. I think this list does not sum up the YA age range well, important books that made the genre are not even included on the list, which is very strange.

  26. Nikki Sweezea

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    This list makes me feel the need to find my copy of TKaM and beat people with it while shouting "just because the protagonist is a child doesn't automatically make something YA" repeatedly. I feel like this is the exact same argument the WoT fandom is currently having about the ages of the actors in the upcoming TV show.

  27. Surta Dave

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Oh I totally agree!! I see so many grown women reading YA books and telling people how trash they are?? Like okay?? You aren’t the intended audience you won’t like it as much as a 16 year old??

  28. chris tea

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    i just checked out the list and it seemed to me they had plenty of fantasy books??? like there was ember in the ashes, six of crows, scythe, graceling, legend, daughter of smoke and bone… it's just missing twilight

    what kind of sff books would you have wanted to see on this list?

  29. A A Ron

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Really loving that sailor moon t shirt

  30. Anna W

    August 26, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    wait. no Harry Potter? :/ I am so confused.

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