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Why are teen books so boring

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Initial post: Mar 9, 2011 4:47:33 PM PST
i swear most teen books are boring and the storylines are to surface they dont go deep enough for me

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 4:55:00 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 4:59:07 PM PST
Hmm just more deeper stronger storylines i just dont like reading about lame peer pressure about weight and stuff like that what i mean by stronger story lines are more mature themes like teen sucide or teens trying to commit sucide rape im an asipring teen writer and as i read teen books popular ones i feel like they could less surface and talk about risky topics like sexting send nude pics to boyfriends catfights etc current issues

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 5:19:15 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 5:28:18 PM PST
can you tell me some of these strict guidelines and also whats indie?

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Posted on Mar 9, 2011 6:05:33 PM PST
yeah i understand that the issue isnt really sex sex is an issue but i really feel like you cant censor teens from stuff not even parents honestly teens are going to read what they was despite their parents approval i feel like shows like degrassi, the best years, skins are so popular because they push the envolope talking about sex drugs abandoment, sexting homesexualitly etc i feel more teens will read if teen books were more straight up rather then censored. thats why most teens i know rather read adult but hey if there not going to read about they can watch it online etc

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 6:13:31 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 6:23:50 PM PST
thanks magenta im self publishing my teen novel i want to have more freedom with my work and content and not have it so censored yah know?

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 6:34:36 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 9, 2011 6:58:58 PM PST
i really want to publish print copies and ebook copies

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Posted on Mar 25, 2011 8:36:35 PM PDT
There are plenty of YA books that deal with "deeper" subjects -- suicide, rape, drugs, sex, etc. Try reading more contemporary YA. Many bookstores even have an "issues books" section. A few titles I can think of:

- HOLD STILL by Nina LaCour
- CROSSING by Andrew Xia Fukuda
- HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins
- THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak
- WILLOW by Julia Hoban

And I've read most of those within the past couple months. Keep looking before you write off the genre as being too superficial. It's great that you want to read -- and write -- about these things though. :)

Author of Twenty-Somewhere - writing dreams into reality

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 28, 2011 2:54:11 PM PDT
John Barnes says:
Well, yes, but Natasha is not steering the Prince too terribly wrong. It's a diverse circus out there; research! research! research! Go to the bookstore or library and pay more attention to publishers than authors of the books that interest you. My publisher, Penguin/Viking, has been as absolutely supportive as they can be, and my YA novel included, among other things, animal mutilation, a couple fairly graphic sexual situations, a very graphic visit to the STD clinic, a lot of racist/sexist/homophobic language (in the mouths of characters who were racist/sexist/homophobic) and at one point a single sentence with six f-bombs. Nary a peep out of any of the supposed censors, and among other things it was a Printz Honor Book in 2010, which means a whole lot of librarians liked it. But at the same time I've had friends stepped on at some small presses over things like underage beer drinking and "negative attitude." (Maybe if they drank more beer they'd be less negative). So there's no predicting; just write the best book you can, and when you can't tell the difference in quality between your book and what's published, start looking at publishers, agents, and the various kinds of self-publishing.

"How should I publish my book?" nowadays is a question sort of like "where should I send my kid for college?" or "Who should I marry?" Too many variables, too many things changing quickly, rules are all over the place, just know the territory (research, research, research) and take your best shot. It's what everyone has to do, whether you are Joe Schlabotnik or Laurie Halse Anderson.

John Barnes
author of Tales of the Madman Underground

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 7:12:22 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:29:31 AM PST
Hi Prince of the Pen If you find most teen books boring , may I suggest the two Historical thriller novels `Viking Sword Saxon Shield' and `Vikings Saxon Holocaust. Many Head Teachers in Great Britain are recommending these two books to their students because they are not dry history and they create enough excitement to keep them interested. These books are based around real historical figures and battles in the 10th century, they are none stop action. The king at that time was Aethelred the second. Then there is Ealdorman Byrhtnoth who as well as being the Kings top general who was descended from royal stock and the second richest man in this period of medieval England. The main storyline is about a teen Romani warrior who arrives in England as a Vikings rowing slave. He escapes and when King Aethelred the second's youngest and teen daughter is kidnapped by the Vikings he saves her and is rewarded by being made the Princesses bodyguard... However theses novels could also be described as suspense, mystery novels as there are multiple storyline threads. Bizarre Druids, ghostly monks, traitors, betrayal they are all there in these fast moving action stories. Teenagers consider them to be more exiting than Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean. Viking Sword Saxon Shield Viking! Saxon Holocaust
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