Teenagers are reading lots these days.
CBC Radio recently had two young book aficionados talk about what teens are interested in, and it’s more than just Twilight (although Twilight’s in there as well).
They said that some hot teen genres are:
*Speculative fiction (this used to be known as science fiction and fantasy) – including post-apocalyptic fiction where the world has virtually been destroyed and the characters are forced to create a new society with new rules for survival.
*Series – they like to be able to keep reading about the characters, even if it means they’ll have to wait awhile for the next book to be written.
*There’s also a trend in which the classics are being rewritten.
Here are some of the books they presented as great for teens.
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart – a fun, smart book set in a school.
The Well, by A. J. Whitten – a horror apparently based on Hamlet.
Hunger, by Michael Grant – the sequel to Gone, and the second in what is to be a six-part series.
The Uninvited, by Tim Wynn-Jones – a mystery set in the Muskokas
Scott Pilgrim vs. The Universe, by Bryan Lee O'Malley – Number five in a series; the film (starring Michael Cera) was recently shot in Toronto
A lot of what the teens are reading these days freaks me out. The world has been blown to bits and everyone's fighting over the last remaining jar of relish for dinner. Brrrr. But hey, not understanding teenagers is the price we pay for being an adult, right?