Friday, March 15, 2013

Remember that article...?

Do you remember THIS article? 

The one about "darkness" in YA?  The one that got many YA writers, readers, and publishing professionals angry enough that it spawned an army of vehement online responses? 

[yalit] Darkness Visible
(Image from WSJ's "Darkness too Visible,"
a piece on the alleged tastelessness of YA.)

We remember that article.  We didn't like it either.  (We still don't.) 

But!!  We recently got to see the author, Meghan Cox Gurdon, speak, and we were...let's say, surprised. 

So look forward to a post in the near future about the critic behind "Darkness too Visible" and what her message really is. 

ALSO, don't miss our giveaway!!!!!


  1. I look forward to reading what's to come! It's such an interesting issue. How anyone could take a pop at the Outsiders in this day and age is a bit beyond me – OK, so the Outsiders was quite melodramatic (I still love it) but it deals with real-life issues that many teenagers actually face. I think what's tricky about some of the "darker" subjects in YA is that sometimes they are not treated with the respect they deserve, and at times I've had the impression that issues like self-harm, suicide and acute illness are just quite blithely shoehorned into a book to create an effect without really thinking it through. Not always, though. Darkness in YA is not a problem if it is dealt with sensitively.

  2. Oooo I can't wait to read your post on this!