Monday, August 22, 2011

Paranormal Romance, Anyone?

So, I've started tutoring for the Fall, and that means I've been scouting out good reading material for an almost-teenager. 

Um, have any of y'all been to the teen section of Barnes & Noble lately? It's been taken over. See below. 

"Teen Paranormal Romance" is apparently its own GENRE nowadays. The Twilight-sucking-blood-horror-boyfriend-craze has taken over entire SECTIONS at your friendly, neighborhood bookstore. 

I don't know about y'all, but the YA lit I read as a kid had very little to do with vampires, the undead, and other such nonsense. But wait! It gets even stranger. Right when I was beyond disgusted, sure that all the good literature was nowhere to be found in teen-land, I saw this. 

What is it? A copy of Wuthering Heights. But what does it look like? A copy of Twilight! I mean, I get it--Twilight was popular. But does that mean that every book needs to look like it? Even the catch phrase at the top says "Love Never Dies!" Sheesh. 

Suffice it to say that I won't be giving my tutoring client any book that even slightly resembles something from the "Teen Paranormal Romance" section. What does everyone else think about this? 

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