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The Decoding and Downloading of Dark Literature on Teens

Updated on September 19, 2015
A teen's mind is involved while reading. The brain stores words and thoughts for self-referential thinking.
A teen's mind is involved while reading. The brain stores words and thoughts for self-referential thinking. | Source

Swathed in the darkness of her room, Hannah reads of mortal combats involving men who possess the power to infiltrate the mind. Weakening their opponent, the door opens a pathway to certain death. A death they will die eternally, a death of memories of what once was and cannot be again.

As she reads, she visualizes the scenery. She becomes emotionally involved and her heart beats rapidly with each word read. For some reason, she cannot stop the action, even after closing the book. She walks almost in a dream state, mechanically responding to those around her. Hannah becomes distant and withdrawn over the next few days as the story unfolds before her.

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman, but believing what he read made him mad.

George Bernard Shaw

Boys especially enjoy reading violent stories. Guide them to select books with positive ethic.
Boys especially enjoy reading violent stories. Guide them to select books with positive ethic. | Source

Downloading of Dystopian Literature

The door of an adolescent brain invites a plethora of emotional response to words read. Books can ignite wonderful emotions such as joy, peace, love, honor, to mention a few, but can also stimulate powerful feelings such as fear, anger, and anxiety.

According to an investigation by the Cambridge/Homerton Research and Training Center (2010), which researches children’s media, the current literature trend spotlighting dystopia and dark themes is quite concerning for parents. Our present teen books are a far cry from the early 1900 series The Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books portraying youth as innocent while surrounded by innocuous adventure plots. Today’s adolescent literature is dominated by stories centered on violent death, sex, rape, abduction, and suicide sending extreme emotional responses to the brain.

Merriam Webster defines dystopian as an imaginary place where people are unhappy and usually afraid because they are not treated fairly; Dehumanized and often fearful lives. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins is considered by some publishers to belong in this category of literature. It makes a political statement merged with the human need to survive tyrannical forces. Throughout the book, the reader experiences suspense within scenes of oppressive societal control. Scenes visually illustrating mutilation, torture, and death. True, it is quite similar to current world situations and perhaps this is the reason teens are drawn to such writings. Teens long to escape reality. Books provide an appealing and engaging diversion. However, downloads of dystopian literature may negatively affect some young people.

Don't touch the fire!

With some adolescents warnings not to do something only makes it more attractive.
With some adolescents warnings not to do something only makes it more attractive. | Source

Decoding:Reality vs. Fantasy

Fiction draws teens more so than other types of literature. Boys especially love books centered around adventure including violence. Some parents worry a child will act on what they read in real life. This is making the assumption a child cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality.

Neuroscience studies prove spots in the brain respond to emotional stimulation leaving deep imprints which may leave a young adolescent vulnerable and unstable socially. An adolescent brain under development reacts to words read through the literary arts. Yes, literature is an art that paints mental pictures. The creator (author) wishes to stimulate its audience through “print” images. Stimulation through reading dark literature rouses the senses as the reader empathizes with the character(s). These imprints are stored in the brain and retrieved automatically as needed under certain circumstances such as reflecting on events (past and future), or self assessment of personal situations.

I recently read an article in World magazine (8/9/2014) by Emily Whitten about a young man who committed suicide. His parents believed books on death and suicide may have mentally contributed to his death. A classmate shared the required high school books read that year highlighted life as meaningless and without hope. His parents stated, “For one who is healthy or naïve, these books may offer a glimpse into a darker world.” His father goes on to say that in his son’s case it “was like filling his pockets with lead before a swim in the ocean.”

Teens are attracted to stories of violence and fear, even though parents try to protect them for such readings. If a youth wishes to read a certain “dark” book, in most cases -- a way will be found to obtain it. Our world is filled with violence today and many authors believe children should be exposed to the reality of life. The question is: does the book’s theme have redeeming value for young readers whose minds are so easily influenced, minds that cannot differentiate at times between reality and fantasy?

The Brain System: Absorption of Words

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What Can A Parent Do?

  • Be an example. Read quality literature that offers enjoyment yet has moral themes.
  • Furnish reading material at home and rotate them on a regular basis.
  • Allow your teen to choose books. This is hard to follow when you see some of the titles. Take time to read the book yourself before you make comments. Discuss what they found interesting. This will help you to guide their moral values.
  • Praise your adolescent when they choose to read books with good content and moral application. Try to keep it casual and brief so that your teen doesn't feel led in their choices.
  • Build on their reading interest. If they enjoy adventure, research books with good instruction and value as gifts or for home library. A good comic book is just as gratifying for teens and can teach personal values.
  • Share articles you've found interesting and talk about them with your teen. They will get an idea of what you consider appropriate reading material.
  • Above all, resist the urge to panic! Through patient guidance you can help your teen establish preferences for quality literature.


Expand the definition of "reading" to nonfiction, humor, graphic novels, magazines, action adventure, and yes, even websites. It's the pleasure of reading that counts; the focus will naturally broaden. A boy won't read shark books forever.

Jon Scieszka

Author Jerel Law

I was blessed to meet this author and to hear his inspiring speech on writing teen literature.
I was blessed to meet this author and to hear his inspiring speech on writing teen literature.

Notable Teen Literature

Below is a sample of books considered appropriate teen literature. These works of fiction provide reading enjoyment with virtuous instruction. I realize books such as Divergent and The Maze Runner are popular reads with teens today. The movies based on these books are thrilling! Remember, nurturing your adolescent through these years is going to help them establish good reading habits. Habits that will eventually lead to excellence of character.

On a side note, I have met authors Robert Liparulo and Jerel Law and heard them speak about their purpose for writing teen literature. Their books contain violence but also guide young readers to value concepts reminiscent of love is stronger than death. They write to reflect the truths youths face in today's world but with intentions to inspire life-long virtues such as beauty, joy, faith, love, and hope.

Suggested Teen Literature

Book
Author
Little Women
Louisa May Alcott
Sherlock Holmes
Conan Doyle
The Help
Kathryn Stockett
The Giver
Lois Lowry
House of Dark Shadows
Robert Liparulo
Truth Runner, Son of Angels
Jerel Law
Fahrenheit 451
Ray Bradbury
Ship Breaker
Paolo Bacigalupi
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Betty Smith
True Grit
Charles Portis

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      Robert Sacchi 13 months ago

      Thank you for your responses.

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      Dianna Mendez 13 months ago

      Deborah, I would also be concerned about their writings. I'm sure you were able to direct them to writing with positive hope in between.

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      Dianna Mendez 13 months ago

      I enjoy Chronicles of Narnia and The Hobbit series, as well as Holmes. I read Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and Jane Austen books also -- loved every one! I'm so glad I had parents who were involved in guiding my reading so that I did not take on anything further than a "tale of fiction".

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      Dianna Mendez 13 months ago

      Truthfornow, I would advise parents to guide their child on literature selections. Not every child will be affected by the dark side of thematic content. Thanks for contributing to the topic.

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      Dianna Mendez 13 months ago

      Robert, I appreciate your comment. I did not see the notice on this until this week. Sorry for the delay in responding. I'm sorry I cannot point you to a direct link on the topic your requested. Scholastic and Edutopia may have some articles covering some of the statistics.

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      Robert Sacchi 14 months ago

      Question for Deborah Demander: Was this the first time you've taught creative writing? Have you spoken with others who have taugh high school creative writing years ago? I'm curious if dark stories are something new or if teen agers tend to have a dark view of the universe.

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      Deborah Demander 14 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great article.

      After teaching high school creative writing this summer, I was astounded by the darkness of the stories my students wrote.

      Sweet kids from good families writing dark stories about murdering their parents. It was eye opening.

      Thanks for writing.

      Namaste

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      rdsparrowriter 19 months ago

      Well this is interesting :) I have not read the chronicles of Narnia, but have watched the movie. If I to be frank, I like Harry Potter than Chronicles of Narnia. For me it's just imaginary stories, I don't live on them. I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes stories, I read the translated ones too when I was a teen :) I also enjoyed reading the series of Nancy Drew,Hardy Boys and Jane Austen books.

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      truthfornow 21 months ago from New Orleans, LA

      I think teens, like us all, need variety in what they read and watch. I liked the dark stuff, but also read a lot of light and fun stuff because it is easy as a teen to get lost in that darkness.

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      Robert Sacchi 21 months ago

      An interesting article. Are you aware of any studies about the reading habits and behavior of teenagers? In the sense of those who read dark literature vs those who read non-dark literature.

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      Dianna Mendez 21 months ago

      Thank you, DDE for your feedback on this topic. Dark literature is so intoxicating to teens and they need parental guidance to sift through the tangled web of words.

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      Devika Primić 22 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting hub! Your great research is certainly useful to all.

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      Dianna Mendez 22 months ago

      Rasta, it is indeed a time where parents must guide children as they choose reading material. Thanks for the comment and visit.

      Suzette, I agree the literature today is much more intense and delves deeper into dark areas of interest. Parents need to keep involved in their child's selections and guide them to embrace positive moral attitude and character in literature.

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      Suzette Walker 23 months ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting and relevant hub. I have had concerns about this type of literature on teenagers for some time. I have never been able to get into stories of vampires and zombies whether in literature, TV or movies. What we read as teenagers was pretty innocent compared to what they read today. You make a good point here.

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      Marvin Parke 23 months ago from Jamaica

      Dark or Goth literature is unavoidable. Especially amongst strong readers. The best option is for parents to discuss them with their children.

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      Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

      Avian, I had freedom to choose my own books from the library as a teen. Some choices were on the dark side but my parents guidance helped me understand what made good literature. Sounds like you too had this blessing.

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      Dianna Mendez 23 months ago

      Nadine, you sound like a grandmother who really takes interest in what's best for your grandchildren. I'm certain you are a positive influence upon them. Wish all families had such a blessing.

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      FlourishAnyway 24 months ago from USA

      I've been concerned about this, too, so I am glad you have written about the topic. I like to read the book in advance without letting my teen know. I also check out lots of reviews. I am particularly wary because suicide, cutting, sex, substance abuse, it's all a very real world for teens at much younger ages than it was for us. I don't filter what she reads but we discuss why characters made the choices they did and what they could've done better. It leads to good discussions. Some of the teen books are actually pretty good, others I just hate.

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      Genna East 24 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Shaw's quotation is very apropos with this superbly written hub. I agree with your perspectives, and why parents are rightly concerned. My granddaughter is but 3 years old, and my son and daughter-in-law are worried about what she made come in contact with during her adolescence. Peer pressure, the media, the Internet, and bookstore shelves filled with literature that should be beyond an adolescent's reach. Excellent article, and a must read for all parents.

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      Deb Hirt 24 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Even though we didn't have a lot of money, my mother told me that if I wanted a book, they would always find a way. That is sound , especially since one can usually get second-hand books at a decent price. Naturally a parent must monitor reading choices, but it sure is a good way to encourage constructive reading.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you thank you thank you. I will share your post on my social media and with my children so they can read your post and learn from it and see what my grandchildren are reading. I personally NEVER read horror. Yes I also loved books like Oliver Twist.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Thank you, ChitrangadaSharon, for your feedback on the subject. I agree that our involvement with teens can only encourage sound ethics. Hope your week is going well.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Blossom, I pray people will realize how important it is these days to keep in tune with teen literature.

      Ms Dora, I read Oliver Twist twice one year because I found it interesting. I too pictured the scenes in my mind. Words are powerful imprints on a young mind.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent hub!

      I believe teenage is the most challenging period from the point of view of parenting/ teaching. And if the parents and teachers handled this phase appropriately the children are sure to develop into strong, sensible individuals with positive attitude and good character.

      I completely agree with you that Teenagers must be guided by parents/ teachers on selecting which books to read. The minds of teenagers cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality and they might get carried away easily by what they see around.

      Great reading list and a very important hub for parents as well as teachers. Sharing on HP!

      Thank you!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Powerful revelation. Clear explanation. It also brings back memories of the first time I read Oliver Twist. Just as you mentioned, I couldn't get rid of the images in my head. Every wise parent and teacher should read your article and pay attention to your book list.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Yes, I think that both parents and teachers need to have an influence on what their teenagers are reading.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Larry, that is it exactly! Teen brains are vulnerable and should be positively guided to know what is ethically sound reading enjoyment. Have a great week!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Annart, sounds like you have instilled good values into her. It's great she talks to you about her personal choices. Keep up the communications!

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting analysis of the effects of literature on a still developing brain.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Excellent tips and ideas here. My grandaughter reads all sorts of dark stuff and I do wonder sometimes if it's a good thing. However, she seems to have a pretty healthy view of the world and knows the difference between fiction and reality. She discusses them with her mother and with me (films too). Doesn't stop me worrying though!

      Great hub bringing all this information to our notice. Sharing so that as many as possible can read and hopefully benefit from this.

      Ann

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Melovy, thanks for validating this thought. Teens are curious and will test boundaries. Good thing we have parents out there like you to guide them.

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      Yvonne Spence 2 years ago from UK

      Very interesting post Dianna. I can vouch for what you said about kids finding a way to read stuff - when my older daughter was 8 she discovered Harry Potter and one of the books terrified her (book 4 I think.) So I said, "No more till you are older." And she went and got the next book in the school library. Turned out it wasn't so scary anyway.

      The schools in the UK seem to pick very disturbing books for kids to read, and while it is important for them to know about issues, it's also important not to overwhelm them.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Thank you, Rebecca, for reminding us teachers have a responsibility in guiding teens to read literature that builds character. The college board designates reading lists for teens but you have to wonder if it really has the morality of adolescents in mind. Parents need to be aware and have a voice in the process.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I think parents, and teachers too, should be really careful selecting dark lit for teens, and your research proves that. Enlightening. We hear about the games, but what about the books?

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Vellur, wish we could hand out those classics to teens. They just might enjoy them. Good to see you here, dear friend.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Teenagers must be guided by parents on selecting books to read. As you say the minds of teenagers cannot differentiate between fantasy and reality at times and they tend to be swayed easily by what they read. Great hub and a great reading list.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Whonu, you speak my thoughts: our children are being desensitized to violence by adults who lack interest in who they reach. I would say write your congressman but who pays their salary? Just saying.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Dr BJ, I'm afraid most teens will not even be exposed to classic novels these days. If not encouraged at home, the school required reading lists do not include them. I love your top choices!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Teaches, I am very distressed that the media is being allowed to show time after time filthy, inappropriate shows on television at times when younger kids are more active and all the games now are extremely violent and killing seems to be the bottom line. How can we stop or curtail this. I fear someone is paying off the folks who are supposed to be overseeing what gets to be shown. We've got to take a more active role in trying to change this wrong in our society. There is no wonder we, as a nation, are becoming more violent (at younger ages) and parenting seems to have gone out the window. I'm sorry for venting so much. whonu

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Deanna, for reminding us of the importance of guiding our children in their choice of literature ... or at the very least, attempting to guide them. True Grit, Sherlock Holmes and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn should be at the top of any teenager's reading list.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      JLPark, you make some valid points. I only wish all parents would take interest in what teens are into these days.

      Northwind, if parents would read along with their teen, I'm sure it would make a positive difference for future life choices. Great feedback, my friend.

      Bill, I do value your reading and commenting on this post. It's been on my mind to write this for quite awhile. Hope it helps parents guide their kids.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Excellent research, Dianna. You've presented the facts very well, and this is worthy of some serious thought for any parent. Very good my friend.

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      North Wind 2 years ago from The World (for now)

      What we see and hear does influence the way that we think. I have always urged parents to be involved and interested in their children's books, games and television shows so that they will know exactly how their child is being influenced.

      I also think, like you, that a parent should read the book that his or her child wants to read and in some cases forbid them from reading material if it is highly inappropriate. In the case of other material that you may have doubts about I always recommend a thorough discussion on the book after it is read. Teenagers are very impressionable.

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      Jacqui 2 years ago from New Zealand

      I was thinking back to myself as a teenager, and whilst I understand the wish to keep the darker emotions and darker storylines from infiltrating the minds of teenagers, I think that teenagers are drawn to those books that echo life, and life isn't always utopian. Often it's more dystopian than you'd like to think.

      I agree that teens vary in maturity, and it's best for a parent to be keeping an eye on what they are reading. But don't forbid different things, because you may be afraid of what will cause your teen to think. Often they are drawn to them, because they echo what the world is like for them, and whilst you may not agree, it simply is how it is for them. Read the books they read, know what it is they are reading - and be prepared to talk about the themes in the book with them - don't just brush it under the carpet, or forbid them to read it - it helps them to know that they aren't alone, but that they can talk to you about anything.

      A lot of the classics are wonderful, as classics, but no longer echo how it is today for teens etc.

      I think you have a great idea, and a well thought out hub. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Lip, teens vary in maturity. Parents who are involved know what their child is capable of absorbing. It's a tough decision to make these days when it comes to reading books. I believe a teen is also a child until the age of 18, at least that's what the law thinks. Wish they would all keep their child-like innocence beyond those years. Thanks for commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Jodah, thanks for recommending the books for parents. I've not read them but I'm certain you know your literature. I remember Logan's Run and I considered it dark back then, seems light compared to today's books. Yes, some kids can discern well what is worth reading.

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      Nancy Yager 2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      The title of the article is about teens yet in the body of the article, you talk about children. I think there is a big difference between children and teens. At what point do we allow our teens to start thinking for themselves and start formulating their own opinions?

      But what I do like about the article, is suggesting that that parents read along with the teens; this can lead to adult discussions, thus both parent and teen are learning from one another.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Nell, that is quite scary findings. I've observed gamers playing "mature" rated games. They become one with the characters. Like an addiction. The teen brain is not wired to make decisions maturely when it comes to real life... They resort to those stored imprints. Your comment is on target with what parents fear these days.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Excellent hub Dianna. It is hard to avoid darkness and violence in the world today because it seems to be increasing at an alarming rate. You just have to watch the news. Because of that we need to read stories that are different to escape from those things into happy uplifting place, fantasy worlds and the like. Dystopian and apocalyptic novels seem to go through phases. You can look back and find them .. S0ilent Green, 1984, Logan's run etc. I do think they affect susceptible individuals and can have devastating effects, but others seem to be able to read anything and differentiate good from bad, real from fantasy etc. I could recommend a couple of books for teens and young adults.. "Hover Car Racer" by Matthew Reilly and the "Tomorrow When the War Began" series by John Marsden which is about a fictional war centering around a group of teenagers. Even though it is semi-apocalyptic good wins out in the end and it teaches a lot of important life lessons. I couldn't wait to get onto the next book..very exciting..which young people need. Have a great weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Rtallone, that is a great analysis of a reading diet and its effects on young minds. You are what you read! I'm going to look up that author. Always looking for good reads.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      This is great, and very well timed Dianna, I also saw something on tv the other night too, it wasn't about literature and reading, but video games, but the idea was the same. They actually did a disturbing test where they showed the gamers, both male and female, a game where 'people' got killed, then they showed a real killing! some of the girls showed distress on the heart monitor, but the guys only showed a little bit! seems that books and video games are changing our kids way of thinking, nice one, nell

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Since reading your hub I've pondered the topic as I worked in the kitchen. It occurred to me that young minds could be thought of as having diets, just like our bodies. We so easily go for what is bad for us, high salt, sugary, fatty foods can taste so yum and our bodies develop more of a thirst for them the more we eat them. It becomes like an addiction for us if we indulge in them.

      If we feed these young minds the beautiful essences of honesty, purity, and loyalty, the glory of high characters, and the strength building traits of heroism, selflessness, and hard work as a foil to all that is ugly, base, violent, and crude, well, that is loving them. Protecting them in their youngest years from as much of the hideousness that they will eventually encounter as possible while teaching them that it will come but that they don't have to let it make them hopeless if they will not focus on it but put their focus on working from a foundation of integrity to find solutions is possible through good literature.

      You've done a good job of provoking good thinks. :)

      Oh, meant to ask if you are familiar with the G. A. Henty books for children? If not, you might like to check them out.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Jackie, your points are right on with the world today. Glad your child overcame the temptations to become a person of good character.

      Rolly, I agree video games are another parental concern. Those rated teen are what we used to consider "R". Thanks for the valuable feedback on this topic.

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      Rolly A Chabot 2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi teaches12345...

      Great article and so very true. Add in playing video games, listening to the news and you have overload to full.

      I think even as adults we get to the point of taking in far to much of the same. I love the list you have provided of books and writers, all classics which can carry the reader into imaginary places... well written.

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Dianna I really worried about my son as a teen with Dungeons and Dragon's and even some Sci-Fi; but thankfully he grew out of them and is a father himself now (See how he likes it! lol). It is terrible today and I would so hate to be raising children in the environment we have. It seems it would take a miracle to have a child grow up normal. Between Hollywood and government there is certainly only a small fighting chance!

      Great coverage of what children are facing today in books. Seems kids are born grown up; doesn't it?

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      RTalloni, the literature today seems to promote dark thoughts which may harm some teens. I too am concerned for our children. I love the quote, he was a great author. You have a great weekend.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      You are a heroine for speaking up for young people in this hub! It is past time that we helped each other understand what is happening with dark literature in the minds of teens (and ever younger each year). Thank you for a well-done look at the concerns and some excellent tips for answering the need.

      A favorite quote from C.S.L. is, "Since it is so likely that children will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage."

      Again, bravo for an authoritative post that is much needed today.