Friday, June 10, 2011

Are dark themes in youth fiction helpful or harmful to teenagers?

Are dark themes in youth fiction helpful 
or harmful to teenagers?
WSJ poll results as of June 10, 2011
Writer Meghan Cox Gurdon writes about the dark themes – from incest to drug use to suicide to vampires – which permeate youth literature. A strong protest to her article developed online from readers who say the dark themes helped them navigate adolescence. What do you think? Do authors exploit teens' fascination with the macabre? Or is reading anything better than not reading at all?

See the related WSJ article and the response from NPR, by Linda Holmes "Seeing Teenagers As We Wish They Were: The Debate Over YA Fiction"

How do you feel?

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