Monday, May 16, 2011

The Purpose of Young Adult Literature...

is twofold: to tell a story and, according New York Times contributor Lisa Belkin, to send a message (by teaching a lesson).

I disagree.  Why do books for teens need to teach a lesson? Can't they just be for enjoyment? Escape? Or maybe just to show a world or reality different from (or maybe even the same as) one's own?

YA literature doesn't HAVE to be anything more than it is: written for teens.

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  1. I assume they mean an "obvious lesson". Every book has a point of view and takes a political stance and help inform our world view weither the author likes it or not.

    If you want to write a story who's only goal is to teach a message stick to writing math word problems.

  2. nice book ..
    Zamre Bin Ab. Wahab