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I know it’s probably pretty naive, but I still love the books with happy endings. Robin McKinley, Diana Wynne Jones, and Brian Jacques all do happy endings.

So what’s up with teen books getting more depressing? I just bought The Hunger Games, because it’s intriguing and the reviews are very good, but the truth is that I’m not sure I want to read abook where so many people die. I read a book called Thirteen Reasons Why, about teen sucide, and I had to wonder – what’s happening in teens’ lives that they want to read about all these depressing subjects. Are they so unhappy they want to read about people in similar situations? Are they so un-hampered by worries that reading about other people’s horrible experiences is new and escapist?

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not one of those people who thinks difficult subject shouldn’t be in kids’ books. In fact, one of my favorites, Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher, deals with racism, child abuse, and alcoholism. But lately even the fantasy creatures are dark and scary. I like the talking cats and sorcerers and dwarves and friendly dragons in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. I don’t like the vampires, werewolves, and zombies of current YA books.

So when I read the article “Fat Vampires, Sexy Werewolves, and the Future of Teen Reading” I was disappointed. I might be in the minority, but I’m going to pray for more uplifting teen books, and hope that happy endings return to literature.

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I just read on Publishing Perspectives that Dystopian and Undead stories are very popular at the Bologna Book Fair this year.

Well, that doesn’t really surprise me – it seems like half the books on the shelf are about these two subjects lately, though I do prefer zombies to vampires (vampires are too creepy). ┬áJust for fun, though, here’s some of MY favorites:

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by
Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Robin Hood & Friar Tuck: Zombie Killers by Paul A. Freeman

World War Z by Max Brooks

And the dystopian one I WANT to read:
The Dream of Perpetual Motion by
Dexter Clarence Palmer

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