STOP TELLING TEENAGERS WHAT THEY SHOULD BE READING

It’s really easy to pinpoint the blame for declining teenage literacy on a famous vlogger, but one of the underlying problems is this: adults try to dictate what teens should be reading, and in turn teenagers just don’t read at all.

We need to address the stigma that is attached to children’s books and young adult fiction. As a literature student who no longer belongs in the young adult age group, I feel pressured whenever I’m asked about my favourite book. Because a lit student’s favourite book should obviously be a classic. Surely it’s Wuthering Heights? Nope, I’ve never read it. Pride and Prejudice then? I haven’t read that one either. It has to be Great Expectations? Now that one I’ve read, but I don’t get along with Dickens.Read More »