Friday, 11 July 2014

#OzYAChat Recap 6

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8 comments:

  1. That is really interesting that the topic is so diverse between the US and Australia. I just really do not do well with "sexy" books lol!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  2. I thought it was a really fascinating topic especially when you differentiated sex in YA in Australia compared to let's say, the US.

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  3. LOL I think we're all biased when it comes to On the Jellicoe Road :) I haven't had a chance to read that many Aussie books that had sex in then, but those that I have I totally agree with what all of you said. Great post, Mands :)

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  4. LOVE THIS.

    Totally agree with it being important that sex is seen as a positive in YA, and not always used as a moral lesson of some sort. Sex is a natural thing, and I feel like it gets a bad wrap in YA (either because it's used to show two people cheating, it ends up being rape, or it results in pregnancy etc. or the guy ends up being a jack-ass).

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  5. Great discussion! I think sex should be in certain YA novels. It's a part of life - the good, the bad, etc. Not everyone has sex as a teen, but chances are most teenagers think about it or know someone that has had it, likes to talk about it, etc. It makes sense that Aussie books might deal with sex better that the U.S., because I find that certain countries like England are like that too. They seem to be more open with sexuality and I appreciate that.

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  6. Such an eye opening chat! I've read Jellicoe Road (and LOVED it) but I haven't picked up the other Aussie books that were mentioned.

    Thank you for all the recs, I'll definitely be checking them out! :D

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  7. A great topic discussed Mandee! I hope to stay for the full chat one of these days ;-)

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  8. I'll have to pick up more Aussie books. I didn't realize there was a difference in content.

    I hate how uptight we are about sex in YA. I think the majority of authors write it responsibly (not gratuitous) and it's a fact of life for teenagers. These books can really help teens through that time of their life - they don't' encourage a particular activity.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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