Books for teens: pros and cons

Tell me who your friend is and I will tell you who you are

Communication with the literature is clearly not one-sided: the person interprets the book deeply subjectively, and the book, in turn, interprets the person, breaking away from him, as if from a marble layer, pieces of doubt about everything that is and is happening around. As a result of such mutual interaction-friendship, an absolutely unique individuality emerges - a person who reads and thinks, homo sapiens sapiens with a plus.

It can be said differently. A book, if you like, is a whole different world. Once truly penetrated there, a rational person is unlikely to deprive himself of the opportunity to travel further along its winding paths. But whatever you say, this world is a fictional one. All the most realistic pictures, when you hear even the rustle of grass and smell, all the most authentic characters are only reflections of real life. The most surprising thing is that reflections magically affect the true world, correcting, and sometimes bending it in any direction.

What happens in modern literature for children? What books do teens read and why?

Having become acquainted with several top lists of teenage literature , it becomes clear that the most popular books are all kinds of "fantasy" works: from the familiar and cozy "Harry Potter" and the friendly family of loving vampires to the completely unthinkable elves, witches and still no one knows. These "unknown people" safely change their sex, experience strange feelings, which for some reason are in the order of things, they study in magic boarding schools; good fights evil, evil fights good and so on. What is this getting? Penetrating into another world - the book - we dive even deeper - into the next layer - the imagination, if I may say so, of the writer. Then a legitimate question arises: are we so confident in the crystal clear intentions of the author, in his impeccable moral qualities, excellent knowledge of mythology, on which the fantasy genre is based, in theory? Does a respected creator profess, in addition to frankly invented worlds, characters who even theoretically cannot have prototypes and false values, twisted categories and a distorted attitude? Does he confuse a spiritually immature reader who is ready with all his heart to accept his twilight fictional world? Fantasy in fantasy - and so on to infinity. Isn't it too cool for a fragile teenage mind?

The next step in the category “Most Interesting Books for Teenagers” is occupied by the so-called contemporary novels. This is mainly a parody of poor-quality literature "for adults." They have “everything” that a 13-16-year-old teenager needs: money, sex, drugs, social inequality, and most importantly - a taste of “real” life, seasoned with pseudo-frankness and emotional breakdown. In general, to be honest, there is very, very little really good modern literature that would be popular among young people.

Although, what kind of concept is this - books for teenagers? Are these those that an adult will not read or those that are too early for a child to read? In the first case: why are they then palmed off to middle-aged and older schoolchildren, how do they differ from undergraduate or graduate students? Yes, just because their perception is sharpened to the side chapel, their feelings are real, they cannot be hidden or faked, and their experience is minimal. So it turns out that the teenager is quite able to independently choose a library. And no recommendations from parents and school teachers can significantly affect his choice. Advice should be started from a very young age, unobtrusively replacing typical American cartoons with good and deep tales, and computer games and television shows with funny and heartfelt stories.

Good books for teens are those that an adult of any age reads with pleasure.

A great choice may be the works of Erich Maria Remarque. Nobody reads morals here, because most of the characters are still children themselves, or recently they were children, or they remained forever inside. They experience deep feelings, try to understand the world around them, fight, fight, drink a lot, tragically die and remain forever in the reader’s heart. After reading Remarque, an unimaginably clear and bright feeling of light sadness and cleansing remains. It is these books for teens that lay the concept of honesty, justice, true friendship, love and courage.

Sparkling humor and subtle irony permeated the short stories of Arkady Averchenko. And let the action take place in the last century - the more interesting it is to draw parallels and be surprised to recognize yourself, your friends and enemies in the charming heroes of this beautiful writer.

Great books for teenagers were created by Soviet writers Zoshchenko, Aleksin, Gaidar. They are not so biased by Soviet ideology. Much more - kind, fair and honest. And the plot in its severity is not inferior to modern detectives.

Perhaps the most piercing, goosebumping is the work of American writer Jerome David Salinger. His characters feel so subtle, so in tune with the young man and so real that sometimes the reader becomes scared - the fictional world merges with the real world.

Children are sensitive people, they will immediately understand what's what

There is a little less influence from the media - and teenagers themselves will find really worthwhile literature, in which there is a small piece of life, once lovingly invested by the author.


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