Pendragon Variety – Episode 29 – Sex in Young Adult Fiction

In case you didn’t get the memo, some YA fiction has sex in it! Listen to the opinions of the Ladies Pendragon on this scandalous development.

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4 Responses to Pendragon Variety – Episode 29 – Sex in Young Adult Fiction

  1. JRMurdockNo Gravatar says:

    Great podcast. I know that with YA being the hot button (no pun intended) it’s easy to see where lines can blur between what teens are reading and what society thinks they should be reading. Middle Grade is even more confusing.

    I feel my book was YA, but others tell me it reads more Middle Grade. I look at YA books like The Princess Bride and think… wait… where does THIS fall into the argument? This was YA when I was young. So were a lot of Heinlein novels. Those led me a whole variety of books and I don’t recall my father or mother ever being concerned with what I was reading, just that I enjoyed reading. I was reading Piers Anthony and John Norman at 14 and 15. I didn’t find myself scarred for life, just that curiosity was satisfied.

    For me personally I have read nearly every book prior to my daughter reading them, but I wanted to consume a large number of books for her age group because that’s the age group I wanted to write for. Regardless, I still think I would pre-read books for my daughter just to steer her clear of books that are just plain bad in regards to the writing, not bad in terms of material. :)

    Keep up the great podcast!

  2. RavenNo Gravatar says:

    Would that all parents were so proactive and interested in the upbringing of their own children! Mine certainly didn’t pay much attention to what I read growing up…maybe that’s why I’m so screwed up–I say that, of course, in jest…I think, lol ;)

    How curious that the adults who complain the loudest about the media corrupting the youth are the often the same ones who expect the media to do their child-rearing for them.

    Thanks for listening and commenting!

  3. NaomiNo Gravatar says:

    I am probably a good bit older than most of y’all, but the “graded” system of library cards you describe is exactly what our public library system DID have when I was a kid (I graduated from HS in 1979; you do the math). There was an age that children could get a card that allowed them to get fiction from the children’s section, but non-fiction from the adult section. The rationale was that children might need adult non-fiction to complete certain school assignments. And if you’re thinking, what about the sex books?, well, at that time, explicit books were kept in a closed collection, and even the adults had to request them. They ditched the system for a single card for all ages in the mid 1970s, if my memory serves.

    I read the Rosemary Rogers novels in junior high; after the third or fourth, my mother said, “If you’re going to read historical romance, read GOOD historical romance” and plopped a copy of Gone With the Wind in my lap. I think, on the whole, quite a good strategy.

  4. ScribeNo Gravatar says:

    *lol* Your mom is awesome. I’ve never had to contend with library cards that wouldn’t let me check out whatever I wanted, but I would have been too embarrassed to check out something risque until partway through high school. Heck, even now I feel like folks are judging me if I check out a romance novel.

    About the only thing we can compare it to are movie rental cards, which allow you to choose the rating up to which various card bearers can borrow. :/ My brother and I had the restricted ones for a while.

    I guess the internet has made that obsolete, though. Netflix all the way.

    Thanks for the comment! ~S

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