Here are the results of this week’s poll:
Should sex, drugs, alcohol, and violence be portrayed in YA Lit?
1. Yes. Kids experience it so it should be included. 56% (10 votes)
2. Yes, but only if the potential consequences of participating in those activities is shown. 17% (3 votes)
3. Other: 11% (2 votes)
4. No, stories can be told without including those. 6% (1 votes)
4. Yes to some of the things listed, no to others. 6% (1 votes)
4.Depends on if the book is being used in a classroom setting. 6% (1 votes)
I find these results interesting. My personal vote, not included in the totals above, is that they can be included but consequences should be discussed. I don’t mean that they must be preachy novels, or hammered into teens skulls- but I don’t think any of the above should be made to seen as the norm, or glamorous. If a character is having sex in the novel then they should either explicitly use protection, or some discussion of the potential consequences of unprotected sex should be mentioned. I think that YA’s get enough of the sex drugs etc etc in television, movies, and in real life.
I am not posting any new polls for awhile because i’m out of ideas… Do you have any?!