Too much “darkness” in YA
Here’s a link to the blog I wrote regarding the articles written by Meghan Cox Gurdon regarding “darkness” in YA.
Too Much “Darkness” in YA
“The essay, titled “Darkness Too Visible,” discussed the way in which young-adult literature invites teenagers to wallow in ugliness, barbarity, dysfunction and cruelty.”
“The larger question is whether books about rape, incest, eating disorders and “cutting” (self-mutilation) help to normalize such behaviors for the vast majority of children who are merely living through the routine ordeals of adolescence.”
MJ also commented on the NPR broadcast that her fear was that adults would read these WSJ articles and not want their children to read YA anymore. In my opinion this would be the worst outcome of all. To me, reading is so important in a teen’s life. Whether it’s to help them figure out what they think about life, how they view others or just to know that they’re not alone, it is important.
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