The biggest problem I have with commercial YA and similar fiction is how in love with unrealistic kinds of oppression it is.

Of course, you can tell powerful stories about oppression through fantasy, sci-fi, and other genres...

But generally speaking that's not how it plays out. Note: haven't read Divergent, for all I know it's a mind-blowing critique of something.

Actually, hang on, I should back up a bit. The problem isn't that commercial YA, etc., doesn't have a responsible agenda.

Because even I don't think that fiction should be written as "a very special episode."

But if you want to tell a story about oppression and resistance, and to do so you invent some bullshit that bears no resemblance to the actual oppression and resistance that are going on around us all the fucking time, then you're a lazy goddamn writer.

::coughhungergamescough::