I was going to have Jonathan read this article about the status and progression of fiction, as he sometimes questions why we don't let him read or watch certain things, but then I decided the article itself was more than he needs to know right now.

Posted by Jon Daley on November 11, 2011, 8:55 am | Read 4129 times
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Great article, though I think it was more than *I* need to know right now. And I thought the books on the YA shelves (and even some on the children's shelves) were too miserable 30 years ago.

"It is of course understood to be an act of literary heroism to stand against any constraints, no matter the age of one's readers..." Not at all. In most cases it is an act of crass commercialism, no more and no less. Authors, publishers, and booksellers want to sell books. Period. The real problem with fighting publicly against a certain book (or type of books) is that bad publicity suits the commercial interests almost as well as good publicity.

Posted by SursumCorda on November 11, 2011, 11:55 am
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