Adult readers, it appears, crave the comforts of young adult (YA) reading.
Lisa Santamaria is a college student who also enjoys YA fiction, particularly fantasy, which she said is often more imaginative than fantasy books written for older readers. Santamaria runs the children's department of the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Willow Grove, where many adults come in and ask for books for themselves.
"Children's books have a more upbeat ending, and a lot of people are looking for that," Santamaria said.
"They want something a little more entertaining or fluffy, so they come to the kids' section, only to find out that these books are not necessarily fluffy at all. Like Harry Potter - it makes you think."
It does, indeed. Mostly, it makes us think about how blindingly wealthy J.K. Rowling has become. Still, on the one hand, we remind ourselves that any number of great, enduring works started out as intended for children. (The Little Prince leaps to mind, although even that's probably open to argument.)
On the other hand, it does ever so slightly feel like yet another stone of the great edifice of Grownupland has been gleefully kicked out from underneath us. And there aren't many of those suckers left ...
* In deference to Cecil Castelucci's comments (see comments box), we've changed the title of this post to be a slightly more accurate, less incendiary reflection of our intentions.