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May 30th, 2006
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From:mofic
Date:May 31st, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
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Interesting about smoking - I never thought of that. I agree it's deliberate decisions not to show certain things. The books - from the start - are generally classified as children's rather than YA (in library parlance, a "young adult" book is one geared towards 11-17-year-olds). I think leaving out certain topics is pretty standard in children's books.

I think it kind of goes the other way, too. Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series gets classified YA, even though it's a very sophisticated story with rather adult (not in the sexual sense) themes and pretty advanced language. But I think the publisher looked at the first book and said "11-year-old heroine, no sex, former children's author. Beyond the reading ability of little kids - YA." There's kind of an expectation that books published for adults do have sex in them, if only briefly mentioned.
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From:mofic
Date:May 31st, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
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Or at least that books for adults have sexuality incorporated/understood, at least in lit fic.

Yes, that's a better way of putting it. I'm not saying there are sex scenes in every book, but there isn't this weird sense that sex doesn't exist in modern mainstream fiction (although there was in much of literature for a long time).

Hey, I tried to comment on your latest post and I found I could read but got "not authorized" on the commenting. I do have relevant experience and an opinion...
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