What are teens reading this season?
Ghosts, vamps, wolves…true love?
This seems to be the perfect recipe to get teens off their duff and..eh hem, back on their duff and reading stories that pipe fairytale forevers in their minds and buoys their hope in finding their prince charming wrapped in prince harming.
This formula is definitely working and it works for guys too. Teen girls and guys who love these kinds of stories suffer from the fairytale complex and the mysterious longing for the “forbidden and it makes things more tempting”( Van Petton, 2009, para. 2-3). If you tell a teenager, not to go after something, they most definitely will and the most positive thing to come from this discussion is that “at least they are reading now”. Gone are the days of having to pull a teen’s proverbial tooth to crack open a book.
They can download books to their electronic devices, or read it in print. At least now the books are engrossing and hold interest…and are being made into movies(Think Hunger Games, Twilight). If you were to stop by www.teenreads.com, you will see clear as day on the side panel the latest flick and books and right now it is Twilight’s Breaking Dawn flashing, making its presence known before November 18th.
If you are looking for books that your teen can enjoy without the fangs, try Lisa T. Bergren’s The River of Time series. Set in contemporary times briefly and then it moves on to a windswept, action packed romantic story-also featured on Teenreads.com.
There’s nothing inherently bad about teen books, yours truly certainly gets a kick out of reading them for enjoyment, it’s just that if you are looking for something holy and different try shopping around or contact me for more details.
Found more teen books or want to add to the discussion? Post below!
Local book shops to find these engaging stories:
Long’s Religious Supply
2810 Monticello Ave,
Norfolk Va 23504
5900 E. Virginia Beach Blvd. Ste. 32
Norfolk, Va 23502
Find all other books online at: BN.com, Norfolk Public Library, or as always Amazon.com for your reading pleasure!
Erica J. Smith is the author of The Prayer Monologues and is a contributing writer for The Norfolk Christian Fiction Examiner. She offers free writing tips, reviews and resources on The Write Web. Contact her at: [email protected]