The Point article, (which mentions Scott Westerfeld's Uglies series in particular) concludes that
[w]e should especially celebrate the awesome potential of YA SF to revitalize the field, and bring new readers to SF concepts.Fair enough, though it seems to dismiss YA SF as merely a stepping stone on the way to "real" SF.
The Counterpoint article, as might be expected, takes the other tack. Not only does it argue that YA SF is unneeded, it calls into question the need for YA at all, dismissing it as unneeded niche marketing that will ultimately do more damage to the SF genre than it will do good.
It's especially hard on adults who read YA, comparing them to pedophiles. You think I'm kidding?
In an era where there is so much legal panic around relations between adults and young adults, it's hard to deny your knee-jerk response that there's something slightly distasteful and pedophilic about an adult reading stories aimed at people under the age of 18.Um, okay. I haven't seen a logic leap like that since . . . I have no snappy metaphor for you guys here, that's just ridiculous.
Granted, this is a small part of the overall article, but it's one that really pushed my buttons. What do you think?