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Filled with Darkness


I suspect that when people study Young Adult fiction of the late 20th and early 21st century, they're going to wonder how parents, teachers, and responsible people in general allowed propagandists novelists to spew copious amounts of miasma into the minds of teens.

As a reviewer of Young Adult novels, a mother, and a grandmother, I'm already wondering the same thing. (I dare you, just walk into the YA section of any library or bookstore and skim a few books, then see if you feel a sense of darkness.)

In a recent issue of Imprimis, columnist Meghan Cox Gurdon cogently explains why too many novelists are creating bad art. In one succinct sentence, she sums up why we should care deeply about books that teens read: "They form tastes."

It's high time good that parents and other responsible people start buying good novels for their young readers, starting when they're young. And novelists need to create better works of fiction. We can all participate in overcoming dark, vile novels with good ones.

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