Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ink Exchange

Which I keep calling Wicked Lovely and have no idea why. Anywho we are working on a YA book currently and so far its flowing well. I enjoyed Wicked Lovely enough to pick up the 2nd in the series and I have to admit I am enjoying this one a lot more. I like that the heroine is damaged from a hard life. Call me what ever you like ALL TEENAGERS do not live in a perfect world.
The heroine from the first book saw fairies evil and good (OHHH scary) her life did not suck nearly as bad as Lesley's does. So I am liking it. I also like that there is another triangle that I am sure will resolve itself (b/c God love Ms. Marr she understands that triangles are fun but there has to resolution to them rather quickly especially if teenagers are involved and I'm not going to get any sex out of it. Speaking of sex how come YA books never have sex in them? Don't people realize kids do the dirty deed often? Hell I got my sex ed from romance novels b/c YA books didn't exist.)

Well them let me move on. So far Les has gotten the outline for her tattoo and is already feeling the effects of it. She has the Dark Fairy King after her but doesnt' know it and a Summer Fairy after her but doesn't realize it as well. That's about it. So far you know as much as I do. *g*


  1. J. Kaye Oldner said...
    I really enjoyed WICKED LOVELY, but will wait for this to come out in audio. There are too many books in my TBR pile and I am sure I can get this in audio.

    I think the reason there is no sex is because of parents. If it's in YA books, then it's considered promoting it. And let's face it, who is in charge of publishing? Adults. If YA were in charge, then you'd see more realism.

    So glad you brought this point up!
    Christine said...
    There was sexual intimacy in WICKED LOVELY. Aislinn and Seth didn't have intercourse, but he went down on her. That sorta counts.

    I think J.Kaye is right in that it is a fine line between telling a story in which sexuality plays a role and promoting sex. As a parent of a 13 y.o., I would rather my daughter NOT read a novel in which teens are having sexual intercourse. However, we have read a few stories in which the secondary characters (like the heroine's best friend) have sex, but it is not explicit. The friends basically talk about it, but the scene itself is not spelled out. That's a bit more acceptable to me. I'm aware that some teens do have sex, so for it to NOT be there is unrealistic. However, I prefer that the heroine is NOT the one having the sex, because then I think it glorifies teen sex and I don't want my daughter disillusioned.
    Sarai said...
    J Kaye and Christine: I could see where it would be considered promoting it but think about the music that teens listen to and the shows on MTV that they watch (real world, hills, Gossip Girls) I don't think that things should be kept out for fear of promoting sex.

    However, I don't have any children of my own and if I did I might change my mind. I also respect the wish that parents would prefer their teenagers don't read about.

    That being said I was reading romance novels when I was 14 or 15 and most of those have straight romance with sex (there wasn't a HUGE YA section then) And I find I enjoy reading YA every once in a while for that reason. It's all about the first kiss or touch not the physical part.

    I have always wondered why they avoid the topic so much when it is part of teenagers everyday lives. I can't remember how often sex was talked about with girlfriends, boyfriends and just other classmates when I was in school but it was a lot.

    I would really like to see a good YA book that teaches girls and boys that its okay to wait even when others aren't but at least be realistic enough to show that it is happening all around them and the pressures they face is horrible!

    *steps off the soap box*
    Christine said...
    LOL No need to get off your soap box! This is just good dialogue. I like it! :)

    The funny thing is that I wouldn't mind if my daughter read adult romance with sex in it as much as YA or teen fiction with sex in it. The difference is that she would be reading about adults in adult situations and it would help educate and/or enlighten her on relationships, expectations, and sexual intimacy. I'm sure there are YA or teen authors who can and do write good quality fiction that could serve that same purpose, but those novels are indeed harder to come by.

    Call me old fashioned, but I think teens are too young to be having sex. My daughter and I have a great relationship and we talk openly about boys, dating, intimacy, and all kinds of social situations; an openness which I've worked hard at fostering since she was young. I hope that our relationship stays like this in the coming years and that I can truly influence her to wait to have sex until she's at least 18 y.o. Please don't think I denounce anyone who has had sex before 18, I'm just thinking that based on my own experiences, and those of my friends, that I want my daughter to experience something better. And I think she'd get that if she waited until she was an adult.

    Great topic, Sara. I might blog about this on my blog later. Right now gotta go finish cleaning out the garage. Oh joy.

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