aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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13 year old tells publishers what he wants

Max Leone is a 13 yo kid who seems amazingly self-assured. He had an article in Publishers Weekly telling publishers (and thus authors) mistakes they were making in books for teen boys. To wit (actually that’s one of the mistakes, archaic language), he says, “Another giant, oily blemish on the face of teenage literature (that was entirely intentional) is whatever urge compels writers to clumsily smash morals about fairness or honor or other cornball crap onto otherwise fine stories. Do you not think we get enough of that in our parents' and teachers' constant attempts to shove the importance of justice and integrity down our throats? We get it. I assure you, it makes no difference in our behavior at all. And we will not become ax murderers because volume 120 of Otherworld: The Generica Chronicles didn't smother us in morals that would make a Care Bear cringe.”

Read more here.



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