I've been venturing into the YA (young adult fiction) blogosphere lately, and am more than a little disturbed by what I'm finding there. I don't hang out in bookstores. I have no teenagers in my life at the moment. Well, I have a nephew but he's reading The Lord of the Rings, not Twilight. So, I'm just realizing what is out there for young people.
As a Christian, naturally I find this current obsession with occult beings like vampires, incubi, succubi, fallen angels, and so on distasteful, but not surprising. The dark side of of the spiritual world has always fascinated humanity, and secular culture will always try to twist or counter God's truth.
What I do find surprising is the prominence of such hugely sexual themes in books targeted at very young women. What are these publishers thinking??? As a parent and teacher, I'm appalled. It was enough for me to keep my thoughts pure when Cary Elwes said "As you wish" to Robin Wright in The Princess Bride, or when Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert tempted Rebecca in Ivanhoe. Not only would I have been forbidden to read a lot of the stuff that's being published now, I would have been ashamed to even consider it. It would not have appealed to me, and I would blush to think of anyone else reading it.
Another surprising fact is that many of the authors of these works claim to be Christians. I'm really scratching my head over that one.
So I'm wondering, what do YOU think about these trends, especially if you write YA? Why do you think this stuff is so popular? What do you think is a good way to provide alternative entertainment for young people, especially girls? Or is it not a problem for you?
Am I the only one who thinks that modesty and purity are still virtues to be cultivated in the young?