Friday, November 20, 2009
Okay, one last post on this topic, because Lisa and Laura are still talking about profanity in YA. I don't write YA, but I'm curious... would you keep a book out of your children's/teenagers' hands (if you could) based on profanity alone? What other content (sex and violence are the most obvious ones) would cause you to try to keep a book away from your own children, and at what age do you let go and trust them to read what they want? Are there any books you've read that you liked as an adult but hesitate to pass on to others (children or adults) because of subject matter or language?
Do you remember your first "adult" book or book with "adult" themes? What was it? (No, I'm not talking about porn. Don't share that.)
And, can you recommend a book you've read that deals with delicate/sensitive/hot content in a superior manner? As one of the agent blogs said: no one would have ever thought that you could write a heartwarming story from the perspective of a young girl who had been brutally raped, murdered, and dismembered... until Alice Sebold wrote The Lovely Bones.
ETA: I'm loving the Sesquipedalian's Curse-O-Meter...