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May 30th, 2006
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From:lady__ash
Date:June 1st, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)

about sex in children books

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Although i knew pretty early as a kid about sex and where babies do come from (all the biological related facts), i didn't get the whole concept of sex. And i was consequently never interested in the topic. It was just one of this weird things grown-ups did, like smoking and drinking.
I wanted to read books about kids on adventures (mostly starring a girl and a fabulous horse, that Frederica deCesco stuff), and sex for me as a kid was just not an interesting read. So i would guess there is no sex in HP because most kids would be bored/not interested/grossed out to read about that (like i would have been).
How about that way of thinking?
What a child would find interesting to read instead of what a parent/grown-up considers to be right ?
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From:mofic
Date:June 1st, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)

Re: about sex in children books

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The only problem with that theory is that the same kids who aren't interested in reading about sex are likely uninterested in reading about snogging and boyfriend/girlfriend jealousy. I do know some younger kids who held their hands over their ears in those parts of HBP or rolled their eyes or whatever (although mine did not). It just seems that when a large part of the book is about teen romance and there's no mention of sex, it's an authorial decision that means something other than that her audience is unlikely to be interested in that topic. At least that's my opinion.

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