YA Wednesday: Not Just for Teens
More YA books challenged...
In Illinois, parents tried to get Sherman Alexie's Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian pulled from the required summer reading list at Antioch Community High School. From a parent: "If there were just swear words, I could deal with that. But sections of this book are just vulgar." (Daily Herald)
Would Lord of the Flies and Hamlet and American Psycho and The Hunger Games get slapped with one that reads VIOLENCE INSIDE? For that matter, would American Psycho get the SEX sticker, too? Jeepers. Some books would be so plastered with stickers that we wouldn't be able to see the cover art anymore. Who would decide how much 'offensive' content was enough to warrant a label? ETC. [Moments later: Actually, I may have to reconsider my previous opinion. Because a CAUTION: DOG DEATH sticker would come in way handy in some cases. Or maybe something a little more broad, like DANGER: MAY CAUSE UNCONTROLLABLE SOBBING.]
Who's really reading YA?
Joanne at Tomorrow Museum speculates that YA books sales are up because teens enjoy the immersive and solitary experience of reading.
Paul at Futurismic redirects:
This is a mantra we heard over and over again during the massive YA genre fiction circle-jerk last year, and it’s always backed with the unvoiced assumption that only Young Adults read YA. I’ve worked in a library, and I can assure you that’s an observable falsehood; most genuinely popular YA is successful precisely because so many adult readers with an expendable income enjoy the same titles.(via Read Roger)
The New York Times reports on the growing disconnect between teenagers and Holden Caulfield:
Teachers say young readers just don’t like Holden as much as they used to. What once seemed like courageous truth-telling now strikes many of them as “weird,” “whiny” and “immature.”John Green responds: "It's not Holden's fault if people read him poorly."