Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Infamous Wall Street Journal Article

Thursday, June 16, 2011
Before I start, I want to make this clear that this blog wasn't made to ridicule. I made it to talk about books that I loved and occasionally talk about books that I hated. However, I just read this article (If you haven't, you should- the link is down below) and it really irked me. And considering that it does have something to do with literature, I felt that it would be a suitable subject to start off this blog.


So, here goes nothing.


If you still haven't read the article, the author, Meghan Cox Gurdon, says how teen literature has become too dark. As she writes, "If books show us the world, teen fiction can be like a hall of fun-house mirrors, constantly reflecting back hideously distorted portrayals of what life is." In all due respect, I have to ask, what world is Ms. Gurdon living in? 


The cold, hard truth is that teens are exposed to profanities, sex, violence, drugs, etc. Teens know that the world is far from perfect. Therefore, if books are supposed to be an accurate reflection, they need to include both the joyful subjects and the more macabre ones. 


Ms. Gurdon continues in her article to speak about the horrendous gore depicted in teen novels. While yes, some of it is truly R-rated, this doesn't seem to be a huge dilemma. If young adults are not able to handle what they're reading, they always have the option to put the book down. No one is forcing them to read this material. And if a 13-year-old is not mature enough to read some of the YA books, then it is the parents' job to say no, not the publishing companies or the bookstores. Furthermore, teenagers are not "careless young readers". They, too, have minds and opinions that are cultivated by looking at all aspects of life. I respect Ms. Gurdon's point of view, but, at the end of the day, I feel YA literature is just fine as it is.

The Article:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576357622592697038.html?KEYWORDS=MEGHAN+COX+GURDON

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