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Can Young Adult Literature Open A Pandora’s Box? | The Bleeding Inkwell.
You’ve discussed what has happened to literature selections in textbooks (dulled down, simplified, watered down the flow and impact of the story/selection) – and reading skills have suffered – as the kids tuned out even more. So they wrote books at an even lower level.
The “popular fiction” titles like Harry Potter and “Twilight” have opened the world of to kids who where waiting for some words to open their imagination and show them the excitement books can offer. And they can learn the fun of reading longer books – even extended into a series
The story line is critical and so are well developed character that are relevant (with conflicts, relationships,) Those must be there in order to tease readers into reading – even struggling a bit with the vocabulary or sentence structure. You need stuff to chew on to grow
I’m struggling a bit with my current WiP because of this dulling down. I’m worried that I’ll have to sacrifice the story for some of it. Great comment. Thanks Philosopher.
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