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It's not because the article says things about YA we haven't heard before: reading about bad things will make teens do said bad things, they shouldn't be exposed to such dark material, where have the Judy Blumes of the world gone, etc.
No, I've read crap like this before. And, sadly enough, I'm fairly sure I'll be reading it again.
I just don't get why so many adults think that teenagers are blind, idiotic sheep. They don't think the next generation deserves a little respect? I DON'T GET IT.
I don't get why we would recreate a characters life when we see how horrible it is for them. I DON'T GET IT.
I don't get what they want us to read if we don't read YA. Is it adult fiction? Is that so much better? Or are we just supposed to keep reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar until we're "of age"? I DON'T GET IT.
Well, Wall Street Journal, let me introduce myself to you:
My name is Jessica Secret. I've devoted a good portion of my life to reading, writing, and reviewing YA literature since I was 12.
When I read The Hunger Games, I did not stab anyone--despite my strong urges, as The Hunger Games really glamorizes killing and death.
When I read Looking For Alaska, I did not start smoking, drinking, pleasuring men, or self-destructing. And I read that book twice!
When I read Crank, I didn't go out and try meth.
When I read Hunger, I didn't start starving myself.
When I read Twilight, I did not start biting people.
No, instead, I am no longer blind to what goes on in the world. I am not sheltered or ignorant to any of it. And--shockingly--I'm not that bad of a kid. I spend most of my time writing, actually, thanks to some of the above books I've mentioned, even if they are challenged.
Please explain to me who these teens are that have been morally corrupted because of YA fiction, because I cannot find them.
(This was a purely rant-y, repetitive post written in a time of pure rage. If you'd like some other better-written, more heartfelt blogger's views on it, go read Nicole's post, the Bloggers[[Heart]]Books post, and Forever Young Adult's post. Then go read Gayle Forman's thoughts about it, cause that woman says genius things.)