23 June 2009

Kids don't read anymore

Got this via a friend.

The article is called Get a Life, Holden Caulfield (via NYT) and it talks about the classic novel, Catcher in the Rye.

The article was a strange look at modern teens today. Apparently kids don't want to discover who they are and how they fit into the grand scheme of things any more.

Now folks just want to be sheep. All of them. Following one happy clappy path!

I know everyone likes to say that due to the Harry Potter craze, more and more kids are reading now. Yes, and according to that friendly spam email, mas mailing emails will eventually land you a free laptop from MS. Or save the business of someone in Nigeria. Depends in whichever hits your mailbox.

What I would like to know is .... so what are these kids moving onto from Harry Potter? With their new found love for reading? Dickens? E Nesbit? Books about Sherlock Holmes?

Or is it more accurate to assume these same ones are going for something more similar to the style and content presented in Potter series i.e. the Twilight books and such?