I tried to read a book by Margo Lanagan once, found the style off-putting (I can't remember why or what book it was), and quit. But this article on the British response to Tender Morsels makes it sound intriguing. Though still fantasy. Hmmm.
I am going to go out on a limb here and say that I'm sympathetic toward parents who want to be aware of what their kids are reading. I'm not saying no teenager in a community should be able to read Book A because one mom doesn't want her own child to read it. But I don't think it's unreasonable for parents to want to find a way to take responsibility for what their children are exposed to in their own homes. How they should do that is up in the air.
You do remember, of course, that I was that mother who handed her teenage son books and said, "Gee, I hope there's not too much sex in this," as a way to get him to read them. He never complained.
Excellent idea for getting males to read! Will have to pass your brilliant mothering tip along ....
Unfortunately, if the books you hand them never actually have a lot of sex, they'll stop falling for that ploy.
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