Thursday, May 20, 2010

Parents In Teen Lit: Why are they all so bad?

You hear a lot of complaints these days about the absentee parents in YA lit.  Not a new trend if you consider the theme of orphans in literature, but something that has good parents all riled up.  As a parent myself, I will do everything in my power to make sure my son stays out of the situations that so many teen characters in today's lit find themselves in, but would there still be a story if the parents were hovering over their children in the stories?  Would Grace in Shiver have been able to sneak Sam into her room if her parents did a bed check every night like my husband and I do (okay, my son is two so I am off the hook--for now)?

Sometimes it is the lack of parental supervision that lets the teens in these stories have the adventures they do.  Why am I bringing up this topic now?  Because Maggie Stiefvater (author of Shiver and the soon to be published sequel Linger) in her blog, The World According to Maggie, shares her opinion of this trend in YA lit.  I found it interesting to see an author's point of view and it gives us something to think about.  (Believe me, I have complained about the trend to, but I always have to ask myself, would there be a story if the teen had good, dutiful, parents?)  Check it out!

Maggie's Inflammatory Blog Post About Parents in Books 

What is your opinion of parents in YA books?  How do you feel about what Maggie says in her posts.  Just something to think about.

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