Is What’s On T.V Worse Than What’s On The Bookshelf?

Well like a lot of you, I read that article on WSJ, wanting to respond but not really knowing how. Needles to say the article was a bit sensational this of course is my opinion. I am a writer, although I don’t write YA as an avid reader I enjoy the genre. So my thing with this whole mom walks into a book store and can’t find anything on the shelf for her thirteen year old daughter to read is crap, sorry. Chances are the very book that convinced that woman to walk out of the bookstore, her daughter probably has already
1.      Heard off and wants to read
2.      Thanks to a friend at school has probably already read it. Who didn’t swap book in school?
Who didn’t spend the lunch hour reading something you wouldn’t want you parents to catch you reading, huh?
Kids these days are a lot smarter then we probably were when we were 13, I have learned things from that particular age group that I could not have imagined knowing back then. The thing is we should concentrate on the fact that kids are reading period. What they read can be controlled, but if kids have a good communication system at home then they will make good decisions.
Why worry so much about what is on bookshelves in the libraries or in the bookstore and not pay that much attention to what your child is watching on television. There are shows out there that are violent, that have sexual content and deal with sensitive matters just as much as the books being sold today do. Think of something such as 90210 for example, every topic that ever been explored on that show has been written about in some book or another. So are you going to let your daughter or son watch a show that deals with homosexuality, drugs and sex that on that show has not always been consensual. I ask, what’s the difference? These days you either watch it or you read about it.
Some of the issues being written about are very real, obstacles that most girls and boys face every day and if reading one book can help one child overcome his or her struggles then that book was worth the read. Speak to your children, be honest and open with them, teach them what you would like them to learn if it worries you what they will learn from others.
For me personally it was that openness, my brother and sisters shared with my parents when we younger that enabled us to become the people we are today, the type of people that have made responsible decisions. I read Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, hell I read Flowers In The Attic which in the 80’s when I first read was a pretty controversial book, none of those scarred me, I didn’t ever meet anyone who had read the book and go do the things written about in it.
The bottom line is that our kids will not be sent to the hunger games, your daughter will not befriend a werewolf, or fall in love with a vampire, the beauty about books is that they are stories and it’s those stories that we want to devour and enjoy and share with friends.
Happy Reading Everyone!
So tell me what books do you remember reading as a child? Any you found too racy and hid from your parents?

4 thoughts on “Is What’s On T.V Worse Than What’s On The Bookshelf?

  1. I read some really horrible books when I was a teen. Books that had me up at night for the horror and red-faced because of the sex scenes. Kids need outlets. They need to be exposed to things so they can take all the lessons mom and dad give them and apply them to the real world. Flowers in the attic…ah, what a bunch of trash that was. But I loved it. I wouldn't want my daughter to read it, but I loved it. Read a lot of VC Andrews in fact. I think if people spend a lot less time telling everyone else what to do or not to do then we wouldn't have a bunch of entitled teens running around who need to be coddled into making the right decisions rather than kids with common sense and courtesy who read a book like Hunger Games and see it for what its worth. Entertainment and one person's expression.Off soap box now. 😉


  2. Geez… an acquaintance of mine actually *writes* books covering modern-day teenage problems (drugs, homophobia, abusive relationships, …), which are read in schools and for which she participates in class projects and stuff. And I think there is still enough “sunshine and pink flowers” literature out there for everyone who wishes to read it (or have their children read it).

    I never much liked children's books. My first book was a kid-friendly version of the bible (I wonder why we had it in the first place!), and the second was an adult horror anthology. I loved reading historical fiction, horror, adventures – at the age of eight, I read “The Count of Monte Christo”, which is still one of my favorite books and deals with some horrible stuff. I also love Sherlock Holmes and some novels written by Stephen King (although I think he starts to repeat himself if you read enough books in a row). My taste hasn't changed much since. ^^


  3. Crobl005 I read lots of books with adult content when I was a kid, I used to sneak Danielle Steel all the time… I loved them!

    Diana – like you I loved Flowers In The Attic, looking back now I can't believe I read that. People so need to lighten up!

    Diandra _ I read Stephen King too, although I have only read The Shining afetr every chapter I could not get to sleep, I must have been 12 or 13.

    That the end of the day not matter waht age you are it's all about preference… Kids and Adults will ready whatever thier friends are reading.


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