As one who is supposed to keep the discussion going on the blog this week, I wanted to comment on Lesesne’s chapter in Beers. I found this particularly interesting because it examines the new trends in YA. I thought everyone might like to weigh in on their reactions to the newest trends.
One thing I was struck by is not the main focus of the article. Lesesne writes that “even product placement… has reared its ugly head into the world of YA literature.” (63) I would like to ask everyone’s opinion on this topic. As a recent graduate from a communications school, advertising was a much-debated topic in my life. While advertising can certainly have an “ugly head” at times, it has also funded the explosion in communication. Advertising was essential to the development of newspapers. Subscription costs would practically be unaffordable without advertising, and the United States would surely be a less-literate country. This made me wonder if advertising in books would make them more affordable for the general public, and schools in particular. This week we have examined the issue of schools being unable to provide students with books. Could advertising help? Just throwing that out there….
The other thing in this chapter that struck me was the discussion of graphic novels. My mom who is a children’s librarian told me that the “manga” books are extremely popular at her library. How does everyone feel about this new trend? Are these books as beneficial as traditional texts? Do some students dislike graphic novels?