With Valentine's Day last week, I started thinking about love, which in turn got me thinking about love in books? More precisely, I started to contemplate the level of graphicness (is that a word?) a YA book can show. Which then got me thinking... How much is too much in YA?
I've read a lot of books, granted probably not as many in YA as I should since I'm writing in that genre, but there are varying degrees of how risque a book is.
Take for example the well known books, The Twilight Series. In this series Stephanie Meyer gives us kissing and a little more, but everything else is left to the imagination. As the series goes on she gets a little more graphic, but for the most part there are no real 'intense' scenes.
A different series, also about vampires, has very graphic scenes. This series is also labeled as YA, but goes into detailed description as to whats happening, leaving nothing to the imagination.
Which makes me question... which is better? Leaving things to the imagination, so the person reading the book can vision what they know or to spell it out?
So, what do you think? Leave it to the imagination? Or bare it all?