BOOKS: NOT ACTUALLY THE DEVIL IN TINY PENGUIN SUITS
Of course, you don’t need to be coping with something awful to enjoy any of these books; some of them are just good reads, others give valuable perspective, and some create those few hours of fantasy that you need to get a break from the world. There’s nothing wrong with reading books, and I’m tired of this slew of op-eds suggesting that books are some kind of gateway drug.
They are a gateway: to insight, to greater understanding, to knowledge, to creativity. If you find the idea of well-read children threatening, I guess I can see why the thought of children reading would bother you.
I think this response to the Daily Mail “Sick Lit” article shows nicely the response of most people to the pearl-clutching that any sort of intelligent writing for teens brings along with it. As a rule, the opinions held by this paper and its devotees are simply not compatible with my own, but sometimes it really just angers and saddens me.