Won’t someone think of the children?


A fretful grownup has written yet another article complaining about grim subject matter in modern YA, this time published in the NY Times. It deserves to be refuted, but this shit is so tiresome I can’t work up the energy for it.

Luckily, Rose Fox has already addressed it, and done a better job than I would have. Phew.

2 thoughts on “Won’t someone think of the children?

  1. Haha, won’t someone think *like* the children?

    From my memories of reading books in elementary (and even middle-) school, I have to say that a lot of these things the NY Times article objects to went right over my head. I read the His Dark Materials triliogy in…fourth grade? Then I read it a few years later and was astounded at what I’d missed (I had no memories of religion having anything to do with it, for starters).

    Thank you for the link to a refutation. Rose Fox is right; the writer of the first article doesn’t seem to know the difference between children’s fiction and YA. We reach a certain age where twee just won’t cut it.

  2. Even as an adult I skim over stuff that just doesn’t interest me. I stumbled on a conversation about the kinky sex in a book I’d just read a few months before, and I couldn’t remember those parts at all. They didn’t interest me and I just slipped by them.

    And Rose is pretty smart.

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