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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Reading Musts for Writers: Boys, Books and Reading

An article about boys and books made it to the front page of Friday's Wall Street Journal.  It seems boys will only read books if they are really gross...like these books.  I don't have boys, but I'd like to think it wouldn't take gory details to entice them to read.

I also found an article in today's New York Times that is the first of a series of how the Internet and other digital means is changing how people read.  Want to know more?  Here's  The New York Times Web Extra of different articles on reading in the digital age.

What do you think about all this?

7 comments:

m. thompson said...

I've been thinking the Kindle and other digital interfaces will make books obsolete in the future. Sad to think about. Hopefully, I'm wrong.

kbaccellia said...

I agree with the comment. I have a seven-year-old boy who loves comics, graphic novels( uh, I wonder where he gets this from?), and books that mention gross things.

My son also loves to read. I think being around an educator/writer/reviewer mom helped with that. I know when I was teaching I looked for books that would interest my students. I also read Junie B. Jones daily--my students loved them--but some other teachers frowned on them because of the language.

I'll have to check out that article, Vivian! Thanks for this post!

Kim Baccellia

kbaccellia said...

Oh, the whole Internet reading thing, my own experience is that teens don't like reading books online. I had a number of them tell me they would rather wait to read my book when it came out in print then download it. I do think once an ebook player becomes cheaper, that ebooks will be the wave of the future.

But there will always be a need and want for books.

PJ Hoover said...

I think boys will still read given interesting material, but the gross factor certainly does seem to appeal to them. Poop - not for me. My son loves it.
I just have a hard time crossing this line completely to the world of grossness.

Christine M said...

I think that in the article having it be an even-or with a gross book or Little House on the Prairie as choices for a boy to read does the whole literary world a disservice.

My eight-year-old son loves to read. I don't think he'd be too excited about Little House on the Prairie. But he's read A Wrinkle in Time and loved it. He also loves the Percy Jackson series and he really enjoyed PJ Hoover's The Emerald Tablet.

What does he like in books? Humor and adventure.

Now that being said - he is an eight-year-old boy and fart jokes and the like are one of his mainstays of life. But he's never read Captain Underpants, nor does he want to.

With so many things - it's an individual thing. But if educators are handing ten year old boys Little House on the Prairie (a series I love by the way) they shouldn't wonder that they are not that enthusiastic about it.

I think enthusiasm can be gained without stooping to overt grossness. But of course - boys do love the grossest things.

beth said...

I don't think anything will replace a real book--no matter how popular internet or electronic reading gets, there will always be real books, at least in my generation and the generation after mine--and probably beyond. Who can let go of a real book in comparison to a reader?

As for the boy audience--I don't know. I just don't know...

Ms. Mize said...

Well said! I will do some investigating as the year starts!