Saturday, February 12, 2011

Weekend Question?









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Weekend Question:



How do you feel about controversial topics in YA books? IE: Sex, Drugs. Rape etc




   I think it is all on how it is written.  Teens are faced with so many life changing events that happen so fast. If it is brought up I would only hope it was brought up with sensitivity and respect for the topic all the while being realistic. Young adults are living in the same world adults are. They also have the same type of issues. As I said it's all how it's written. NO need for graphic details just to the point. There is worse on the news.


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13 comments:

ReaganStar said...

What an excellent question! My Personal thoughts on this is that I feel YA authors should include these thing in books, of course not in a overly descriptive manor as to make someone fearful of it, but to make the awareness out there shown. This goes back to the book ban that was brought up this past summer, and how teens were helped with books such as Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Of course, there will always be some controversial books, but the bottom line is how it is written.

Kristin Rae said...

I think if the tough topics are going to be brought up in YA, it needs to have a strong point to go with it--no sex just for sex because they think they need to include it. No drugs just for the sake of having a druggie character. I like there to be some sort of non-preachy life lesson involved. And I do agree, it really depends on how it's written. Non-graphic please!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

To each their own. It's between the teen and their parent to determine what is best suited for their teen and what they have and are going through.

Great question!

I like to include warnings so each person can know what they're getting into.

Summer Ross said...

I think as long as they are not to graphic- and I mean like play by play of rape and such- then its okay- I'd even encourage my daughter to read some specifically because of the controversy- I want her to know what should be faced, and have a familiarity with it.

Jenny N. said...

I don't have a problem as long as its done tastefully and not too graphic. Usually I dont read a lot of contemporary dealing with these controversial issues so its one of the things I want to read more of this year.

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Personally, I love them. Of course, it's horrible that rape and such happen, but they DO happen and the fact that an author is willing to address these tough topics tells me that they're trying to make their stories transcend words into real life. I agree that on the tasteful point, and, overall, the controversy in these books is often what makes them special to me.

Blodeuedd said...

I think darker things should be mentioned in YA too, it's a part of life, the good and the bad. But yes I do want to to be done in a tasteful way

Larissa {Larissa's Bookish Life} said...

I like it! I dont think we do out teens any favor when we shelter them from reality.

Kids should be kids and be able to have a childhood... but teens (15+) should at least start to get a better feel of the world around them =D|

Blueicegal ♥ said...

I think it's important for such things to be included. This does happen. Nothing is gained by sheltering your child it only leaves them more vulnerable, teaching them about rape, abuse etc gives them more of an idea of what is out there in the world, and makes them more cautious which only benefits them in the long run.

Cozy in Texas said...

Great question. I always thought of YA as being cute like a cozy mystery and was shocked when I picked one up recently. Times have changed.
Ann

Ladytink_534 said...

You're right. It's all about the way the author handles it. That said, I generally avoid those types of books more often that not.

Tina said...

I heard once a very wise thing from a teen who told me that most of the kids reading YA books are not the kids doing the "BAD" stuff they read about.....:)

I think sex and drugs in Ya should be tasteful.

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

I agree, it's all about the way it's handled. When it's overly graphic or explicit, it loses me. But I feel that way about any adult reads as well.