I want to welcome Karen Metcalf to Books R Us. Karen is the author of In the Storm (Vagabondage Press LLC) Thanks for stopping by.
Teens and Reading
by Karen Metcalf
I have been working with teens for the last few years, and though their interests are varied, they do share one thing in common. Most of them don’t like to read. Ironic, considering the YA genre is intended for them.
Of my four brothers and sisters, two shared my passion for reading, and two did not. My younger brother Joey absolutely hates to read. The first book he ever finished was mine. Granted, I am his sister, so that was a huge factor. But… he did finish the book. (If you knew Joey, you would know how much of a compliment that is.) I think it was his first introduction to YA. His only other experience with YA is Twilight, which he has based solely on the movies. I think this view of YA is a common misconception. I’m talking to the boys out there, who think it is all about love and vampires, or the other most popular book-based movies.
I have slowly been sneaking ideas in his head to try out other books; because I have a feeling he will really enjoy them. I don’t think anything else is like sinking into a really great book. I know that role-playing games have taken the place of reading in a lot of ways. I can even see how they are similar. But I feel that those games are hindering the imagination. It just isn’t the same when you are more worried about cheat codes and dying. I don’t know that they get lost in it, which to me, is an indescribable experience.
Those of us reading this blog obviously get it. But maybe we should spread the word a little harder. Even if you don’t suggest my book, suggest something. After all, they are the ones the genre is written for.
Stop by tomorrow for my review of the Novella.