From NBC Nightly News on August 15th, 2005 comes a story about books referred to as Teen Fiction. Apparently these books are all the rage with teen and pre-teen girls today (specific figures on sales weren’t mentioned, but some statement about it being a fast growing segment of the market was.) The rub – these books often contain subjects that parents might not be comfortable with 10-15 year olds reading about – specifically sex, drugs, and other topics that include child abuse and rape. Yikes!
They interviewed one mother of 2 teenage girls who was previewing the books her daughters wanted to buy and she referred to many of the books as smut (her words) and that she had felt bad about not realizing what her daughter had read in the past, but that she was monitoring it now. They talked about one book (unfortunately I can’t remember the name now) that dealt with a teacher seducing a student – noting that it was ‘ripped from the headlines.’
Is this new, or hasn’t this sort of material always been written for and been available to teens? When I was a teen I remember people passing around copies of books by Judy Blume (Forever for example) at one point with highlights on the passages involving sex. It wasn’t gratuitous or explicit, but it was there. Is this new fiction worse? Comment if you’ve seen any of it!
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