So mad I could spit! #YASaves

Have you seen this absolutely ridiculous piece in the Wall Street Journal? http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576357622592697038.html

The subhead is "Contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity. Why is this considered a good idea?" That might give you an idea of the tone.

She also says, "Pathologies that went undescribed in print 40 years ago, that were still only sparingly outlined a generation ago, are now spelled out in stomach-clenching detail. Profanity that would get a song or movie branded with a parental warning is, in young-adult novels, so commonplace that most reviewers do not even remark upon it."

And "The novel "Scars," a dreadfully clunky 2010 exercise by Cheryl Rainfield that School Library Journal inexplicably called "one heck of a good book," ran into difficulties earlier this year at the Boone County Library in Kentucky, but not because of its contents. A patron complained that the book's depiction of cutting—the cover shows a horribly scarred forearm—might trigger a sufferer's relapse." It hurt to read those words, knowing that is Cheryl's own arms on the cover of that book. For Cheryl, describing how a girl survives child abuse by cutting is not some marketing ploy.

With loaded words like "lurid" and "depraved," this piece is guaranteed to make your blood boil.



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My heart goes out to Cheryl. And you can add me to the list of folks going, Say What?????

However, insanity has always been paramount where books are concerned. At least we don't have burning to worry about. So far.
It looks like she has been a shrill voice for a long time. But words, as she points out, can have consequences.
I get so tired of this argument that books are damaging our youth. Have any of these people read a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale? Have they checked out any old folk tales at all? How many generations of parents put their children to bed with the lovely little tune "rock-a-bye baby"?

"Rock a bye baby, in the tree top... When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby, cradle and all." Good God! Now that'll mess ya up for life!
Feh. I saw the byline and pretty much knew what I was going to read in that article. And it was exactly as expected. I used to read the long-running series TBogg did on his blog (before he moved over to firedoglake) in which he provided a snark-filled commentary on her weekly column for the National Review Online. Let's just say, he nicknamed her "America's Worst Mother" for a reason.

(Also. She has her children call her "mummy" and calls them "poppet", even though she's not British. Hell, even their dialogue (as she reports it, anyway) sounds like it's been ripped out of a 1940s era story about precocious aristocratic schoolchildren and their adventures at their eccentric but very proper boarding school. If she weren't also horrifyingly blind to her own privilege, it would merely be curiously idiosyncratic instead of stultifyingly obnoxious.)
I read that! It was all over Twitter the other day. I know that there were people tweeting for YASaves...but I was tweeting YAKills because it was really, really funny (because people weren't taking it seriously, and nobody really believes that YA is bad).