“Who is the ONE author that you are DYING to meet?
Ok, I confess I'm not really dying to meet any authors because I'm actually fairly shy in real life and am easily star struck. Instead I'll tell the story of meeting Ally Condie. Back in March I went to Costco to pick up some pizza for the family, and I noticed a table with several copies of Matched and a tiny, dark-haired lady. (Seriously, she is tiny.) There were only a couple people there getting books signed, so I stood behind them with my plates of greasy pizza.
Then they left and it was just me and Ally. So I said the first (stupid) thing that came to mind, which was, "I'm not going to buy your book." awkward pause. "But I really liked it!" I think there may have been a lot of enthusiastic nodding.
Thankfully she was very nice and we talked for a couple of minutes about her book, how clean it is, and how my husband thought Ky was better, but I was all for Xander. Then I left, and she was at her table all by herself. Which makes me think that Costco is the place to meet authors if you actually want to talk to them.
This Friday's Question:
YA Saves: How do you feel about the "dark" books
filling the YA shelves today?
First, if you haven't heard, the Wall Street Journal published an article about YA books being full of "explicit abuse, violence and depravity." My thoughts?
Are some young adult books too dark for some readers? Uh, yeah. Obviously. It's hard to say no to a question with that many qualifiers. Some YA books have content that I'd rather not read, and I'm 28, married, and a parent. Even more have content that I think would be too much for my 14 year old nephew. (I thought this about Mockingjay, then came to find out he had already read and liked it). But I don't think that's reason enough to dismiss a whole genre.
So I have to wonder, who is this article complaining to? Parents? Educators? Authors? Teens? It seems like the target is people who want to get up in arms over something without thinking it out completely. (I can't say I've never belonged to that group, just that I don't on this issue). I remember what I had to read in high school: Shakespeare, One Flew Over the Coo Coo's Nest (at 15 people! No wonder I hated reading in high school), the Bible, Hemingway . . . you get the idea. There's plenty of violence, abuse, and depravity there.
I know YA is more problematic because it has young people doing the killing, abusing, boozing, etc. And no adult wants to think that the teens they care about are involved in those things (regardless of what they/their peers did in their teen years). But I think the better idea is to help adults know how to talk to their teens about difficult issues, not complain that there are books about them. If you can't openly talk to your kids about hard things, you have much bigger problems than them reading The Hunger Games.
This week on Read This Instead
My review of The Hunger Games Audiobook
The Irresistibly Sweet blog award
Vacation Giveaway (today is the last day to enter!)