hektorkarl wrote:The outpouring from the YA community -- writers and readers alike -- has been fascinating, but there's no need to fear this type of marginalization. Youth culture thrives on the margins. Art thrives on the margins. Friends are important, but we can also measure ourselves by our enemies.
hektorkarl wrote:You make good points. I'm hoping that the increased interest will balance any censorship efforts.
At this point, far more people refrain from reading YA because they don't really know what's out there than refrain because they find too much of the content objectionable.
HillaryJ wrote:Yes, the article raised good discussion, frank discussion, and necessary discussion. Sadly, the article could have begun that discussion rather than inciting it.
sierramcconnell wrote:Wow. And I love the way she assumes this:
I also don't believe that the vast majority of American teenagers live in anything like hell. Adolescence can be a turbulent time, but it doesn't last forever and often—leaving aside the saddest cases—it feels more dramatic at the time than it will in retrospect.
Really? Who the hell are you (and if you're talking about a place, dear, you capitalize it, oops, grammar police) to judge that? You think that these 'precious, innocent children' are too pure to understand those issues and yet did you know they're actually dealing with them every day, too afraid to talk to smarmy jackhammers like you because of the exact same attitude you're pouring out? Gee, I'm sorry you had a perfectly sheltered life, but some of us were too busy trying to survive in a closet while you were off having tea parties with plastic cups.
God that's infuriating.
Cookie wrote:5. She assumes that talking about dark subjects glorifies them. As if reading a book is going to influence you to start cutting or turn you into a deprave psychopath who goes out on a rape and pillaging spree (exaggerated, I know. But my curiosity and love for Vikings did not make me want to be one). Please, give our teens some credit.
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