aka YA Literature

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Danielle Steel has posted the first chapter of her novel, Sisters, online on Seventeen's website. I would love to know how/if this will influence teens to read the entire novel. But still, it's a great idea. I wish more authors would do this (don't know if it's more about the authors or Seventeen), but it seems like it's a great way to reach teens. I haven't read this book or maybe even any Danielle Steel, so I can't say how I feel about the contents and whether (a) I think it's appropriate for teens, or (b) whether it's something they'd like. I don't really like the general idea of teens reading too much over-sexualized adult books, but then again, I do remember my friend Leslie (now an English teacher) saying that reading adult romance novels as a teen was what got her interested in reading. So I'm ambivalent about that.

On a side note, I must say I like this cover much better than Steel's usual plain solid color ones.


Holly said...

Good Housekeeping has been posting excerpts from books for years in their magazine. But you are right, I don't think I have seen it done to target the YA audience. Also, not online.
I say anything that gets teens interested in reading is good. I am sure I read my fair share of "inappropriate" novels when I was young :)

Sheryl said...

Good points. Let's talk about this because I want to know if you'd let Ellie read, like, Jackie Collins when she's a teenager.