These kids started talking about the films they'd been studying and I was gob-smacked to hear them refer to Pulp Fiction as a classic. It's a good film, but a classic? It's only... well...okay, I guess it is almost 20 years old. It struck me as being really strange that something released in my lifetime can be called a classic, but I guess my lifetime is a fair expanse of time now. Ouch!
Then they went on to talk about the cartoons they used to watch when they were kids. Double ouch. I was too old for cartoons by the time these shows came out and what they were saying just sounded like gibberish to me. It was like sitting next to a bunch of aliens.
These kids are the age I write for. Sitting there, completely lost by their references, I began to wonder if I'm at all qualified to write for today's teenagers. Clearly there is a lot going on in their world that I haven't a clue about.
Do you ever feel too old to write YA?