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March 13, 2006


Alexandra Foley

Wow. That was a real eye-opening article. I am nearly speachless. I have to hand it to Naomi Wolf for getting the word out on those books. And you too, Gaby.


What is this? A training manual for "sosh" snobbery? How to Live like PARIS! HILTON! (TM) on your measly budget?

Once more, I'm glad the only YA stuff I read these days are old Andre Norton space-operas...


Hiding teen romance novels from my Dad is such a strong memory from my childhood. They were forbidden in the house, but of course, I borrowed them from my friends, etc. The age we were really into them was 7th & 8th grade.

And I read this, and I just think that the books I was reading back then were nothing, nothing like what's described in that article. How truly disturbing.


I agree this is horrifying. Sadly, it is not any different than what the teens are absorbing in nearly every other media form they encounter.

The material in these books are so similar to the episodes of OC or "desperate housewives" each of which has as their audience young adults. OC especially -- it is sex saturated, and overtly pornographic...it is all similar to these books.

http://www.parentstv.org/PTC/publications/ bw/2005/0417worst.asp

There is no doubt there is an organized and overt effort to destroy society's respect for childhood and innocence. The only hope is that talented "modest" (using the lingo I love on this website) artists -- the hope that many talented modest artists rise up and produce material for young girls, for the purpose of creating great inspiration for young kids, while also crushing the destructive media monsters into unprofitable oblivion.

But mostly -- I wonder what kind of confused-messed-up-clueless mom thinks these books are good for their daughter? Who are those mom's and dad's? Or are these mom's and dad's so absent from their daughter's life that they have no idea what is being purchased? Anyone have insight on this? Whose dollars are buying this stuff? Mom's wallet? Kids' wallets?


Worse yet, I am sure that young adult librarians across North America are stocking these novels because their young patrons demand them--libraries will stock anything to attract the attention and business of young people, but I wonder if YA librarians have read the books. I can only hope.


We were at the bookstore the other night and the books mentioned in the article were there front and center in the young adult section, on the edge of the children's area. I will say that these books - judging from the cover only - were far less provocative than the majority of books on the shelf. It doesn't surprise me that parents are more willing topick up these books with their glossy pictures and innocent titles. I have no idea what the other books were about, but many looked dark and brooding and like they may have addressed tough teen issues like drugs and suicide. If I were a parent in a rush, but anxious to have my teen reading it would be easy to fall into the trap of these books. You just can't be too careful.

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