aka YA Literature

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Genius!

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.

2 comments:

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.