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Books I Have Read: 2003 Roundup - trinalin thinks things through — LiveJournal
Books I Have Read: 2003 Roundup
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From: capriuni Date: January 30th, 2005 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
On average, I've found I generally prefer children's and young-adults' litterature to the stuff aimed at the grown-up market, especially among contemporary writers, but even turn of the (last) century stuff.

Writers for grown-ups seem to think they have to write complex storylines with all sorts of twists, and multiple points of view, in order to for the stories to be "good" and "literary." There seems to be a preponderance of trend-setting and -following, and, of course, sex and violence.

Kids just want good stories with strong plots, characters with honest voices, and emotional depth (I once had a class of fifth graders beta a children's novel I'd written, and they told me the ending was just too happy, and not real enough, so they asked me to let someone die). And no amount of publicists' buzz will make them read a book they don't like. As a result, the authors for that market have to keep themselves honest and focus on the basics.

I may pimp some of my favorite children's authors/books in a future LJ post.
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