I am joining up with Gray Maire at Writing is Life in her Rebellion against Dirty Young Adult Fiction!
The memes were made by Catherine/Farm Lassie at The Rebellious Muse.
Young Adult fiction is turning to something that is not good. It used to be something that was easier to relate to for young adults. Now it is something that is full of things that influence young adults in a bad way.
Smoking, drinking, bad language, excessive violence, things against Christian values, all these things are appearing in books that are supposed to be good for teens? I don't like this. Why are writers encouraging teens to do these things? There are enough of those things in the world already. Let's get ride of these.
What do good books do?
Mason Cooley said: "Reading is a place to go when we have to stay where we are." That is so true.
My profile says, "I love to read and enter into the world of books!" I love reading all the time, but when I am really depressed, or sad, about the things going on in this world, I can leave this world behind in the books that I read. When I am trying to get away from all these things I don't want to read a bad word, or a scene where there is too much kissing, or where people are drunk. I want to be encouraged to go on, to read that it will all work out. Books give us hope. #RebelliousWriting
What do bad books do?
Bad books put things into our minds. Even if you read it and say, "I will never swear like that." "I would never do that." It is still in our minds. Do you know how hard it is to forget things? Bad books show that even if you do something bad, there will be no consequences. NOT TRUE. Bad things are bad things. You can't make them romantic, or heroic, by putting them in books. Authors make the readers think that though. But they are still there. This world has so many good things in it. There are five million things to write about, why are authors choosing to high-light bad things in a good way? Bad books influence the readers, they think it is a good thing then. It most definitely is NOT a good thing. #RebelliousWriting
List of good books: #RebelliousReading
The Chronicles of Narnia - by C. S. Lewis
The Anne of Green Gables series - by L. M. Montgomery
Little Women - by Louisa May Alcott
Pax - by Sara Pennypacker
The Tale of Despereaux - by Kate DiCamillo
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp - by Kathi Appelt
The One and Only Ivan - by Katherine Applegate
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - by Grace Lin
Emma - by Jane Austen
List of bad books: #RebelliousReading
Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - by Ransom Riggs
Ever - by Gail Carson Levine (I'm not sure what happened here, all her other books are great!)
Up From Jericho Tel - by E. L. Kongingsberg
Some Tamora Pierce books.
Lambing Out - by Mary Clearman
Some people may love these books, but they really made me uncomfortable. And there are many more.
This is why I am a critic. This is why I do reviews. I want to tell others about those books that are the best books ever, and I want to warn others for books that are not good. Books should be for EVERYONE. There shouldn't be books that are "too adult" for young people. I mean, an eight year old probably isn't going to love Jane Austen, but there shouldn't be books that have themes that have so much bad stuff that young people can't read it and feel comfortable. A book shouldn't make you feel uncomfortable in your own home.
But, surely the author didn't mean it that way. The thing is, it's not like speaking. When you speak you can't take it back, maybe you are surprised or mad so you said that thing. In writing you choose what you put in it. Put good things in a book, fill it with hope.
I'm not saying that books can't have lessons, every book has a lesson. It is way better to read about a character doing something bad and receiving the consequences and learn not to do it, than doing it yourself. But, I don't like it when in the books, people do it without any consequences, that is not true in life. And I don't like it thrown in there for no reason, if the reader still would have learned that lesson without it. And bad language doesn't need to be thrown around like confetti.
Please join the rebellion! This is not a rebellion against what people would want for you, this is a rebellion for what people want for you! Nobody wants you to read bad books
Make sure to go check out Gray's post to see how you can join!
Thanks for reading!