In a related note to yesterday’s post from Becky on dystopian fiction, a heated discussion arose the other day in response to an article by Wall Street Journal columnist Meghan Cox Gurdon on the prevailing dark tone in modern young-adult (YA) fiction, which includes a lot of speculative stories.
Many people who commented on the article seemed to think Ms. Gurdon was broad-brushing all YA fiction as violent, nasty, and brutal, inappropriate for young readers, and in need of censorship. Cue torches and pitchforks. Someone even sponsored a Twitter protest, gathering testimonials in support of YA fiction, dark or otherwise.
You can read the article and judge its merits and balance for yourself. It echoes some recent discussions on Christian fiction blogs, including this one, regarding “realistic” language and content, though the intensity is kicked up a few notches. It’s nice to know we’re not the only ones talking about this.
For my impression of the debate, click this link. >> Real Life Story