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Teenage Books

Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Alex97, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. Alex97

    Alex97 Troubadour

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    Being 15 just wondred what people thaught about books aimed at teenagers. I pretty much skipped the teenage section and went straight into adult books once I had gone past children's books. This is mainly because the vast majority of teenage books I have read are increadibly patronising or cliche.

    Take the Alex Rider series for example, I read a few and they weren't that badly written but the whole idea of a teenage spy was way too cliche for me. There's quite a few books for teenagers which are in the fantasy or military genre which have battle in them but are too afraid of actualy talking about the violance which I find kind of pointless since the books are about wars.

    What I absoloutely can't stand though, is overpowered 12-16 year olds whoa are really good at fighting and somehow beat a professional adult warrior. There are a few exceptions such as feasting the wolf.

    So what are your oppinions on teenage novels?
     
  2. Mindfire

    Mindfire Istar

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    I take it you've never read Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, the Kane Chronicles, or the Codex Alera books? Read them. They might change your mind.
     
  3. Alex97

    Alex97 Troubadour

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    I've read a bit of Percy Jackson and saw the film. I'm enjoying the Icemark chronicles at the moment. I'm not saying they're all bad but I still prefer adult books anyway
     
  4. SlimShady

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    Can't stand them. Being a teen myself I find most of them downright insulting to my intelligence. Although, I prefer more darker and adult themes, so it may just be to my taste. However, I did really enjoy Harry Potter and I read some of the Inheritance Cycle. (Didn't quite enjoy the Inheritance Cycle.)

    All in all it's down to your own taste.
     
  5. charleshudgen

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    I recommend the books of Lauren Kate's Fallen Series. Her books are really inspiring especially to those teens who loves to read. You should start reading with this kind of books. I am sure you will like it.
     
  6. Steerpike

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    There are some very good books directed at that age group. I don't really care about the target age group, so long as the books are good. I like Philip Pullman, and more recently Kristin Cashore.
     
  7. ALB2012

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    Terry Pratchett? Some of those are for a slightly younger audience but even the "adult" books would be fine. They are a lot of fun.

    Hmm Chronicles of Narnia might be a bit young. I was reading adult books at 12 pretty much. Lets see we are going back a LONG way here - Horror- the Dark behind the Curtain- which scared me witless when I was younger, Dracula/Frankenstein/Jekyll and Hyde.
    Narnia, (might be a bit young).

    There are of course LOTR and Hobbit. Stardust, Neil Gaiman other than that YA fantasy is not my genre. My friend is writing an excellent series which I will recommend if and when she gets it in a state to be seen.
     
  8. Ghost

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    I have a few teenage books, so I've learned something over the years: try to get the good books in hardcover. A lot of paperbacks don't hold up after 15 years.

    Oh, I skipped the YA books when I was 11 and didn't start reading them until about 17 or so. Plenty of young readers read the next age range up or skip to adult books. I remember reading Goosebumps at 9-years-old and being proud that I was just as mature as the 12-year-olds in the books. :rolleyes:

    I agree with Steerpike that target demographic doesn't matter if it's a good book.
     
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