In 'Laurie's Kingdom of a Better Tomorrow' there shall be...
2. Fewer dystopian novels, more novels that lead our imaginations toward complex, realistic, alternate futures and inspire us to create better ones. Yes, I know: disaster sells. Moderately uncomfortable realities or potential disasters that could possibly be averted don't. But I so want to conjure and support that next JK Rowling with a twist, that next writer who could make the real issues of our future into a story that's exciting, that breeds heroes like Harry and Hermione, that raises our own ambitions to serve humanity through courage and perseverance. If you know this person, this writer who could help us explore fictional realities to find real-world possibilities, do let me know. Perhaps she/he will be our next ActionReaders cause.
3. Fewer surfacey paranormal romance novels, more novels that conjure alternate ways of being and help us learn to truly empathize with 'the other'.
4. Fewer gratuitous explicit sex scenes in Y.A. novels, more Y.A. novels that treat sex not as a tactic thrown in to sell books, but as a complex and intensely psychologically affecting one for teens. Why? Primarily because I respect the teens I know, the teens I teach. And I won't teach books that throw in sex - or violence or anything else - simply to titillate or to sell books. And I may have to fight just to teach the ones that address teens' sexuality realistically and respectfully, so I need real writerly integrity as the foundation for my cases. .
5. A little less cheesy chick lit, a few more well-written, substantive books with strong female leads.
6. Fewer comic books, more beautifully crafted graphic novels. Persepolis, Gryphon & Sabine, The Arrival: give me more of these.
7. Fewer dime-a-dozen, cheese whiz, supermarket thrillers from Patterson, Preston & Child, all those Nordic coat-tail riders, more substantive novels and non-fiction in mass-market paperbacks.
There: Even though it looks like seven items, it's more like fourteen, so I'm done.
What would you add, friend? And what do you have to say about my strong opinions?
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