Thursday, May 19, 2011

Booking through Age-Inappropriate

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In contrast to last week’s question–What do you think of censoring books BECAUSE of their intended age? Say, books too “old” for your kids to read?

Well, I have always read ADULT books when I was in my teens. Classics, detective fictions, whodunnits, etc etc. However reading sexually explicit stuff was kind of banned. Not by my parents, but it was self imposed. And I do think there are stuff which are not suitable for children.

A fairly recent example is The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. This book was bought by my 15 year old niece. She simply couldn't get into the story. I too felt it was inappropriate for her age. (She gifted the novel to me!!)

I think there are some genres, which are not really understood by the young and they need a bit of growing up before they can understand those fully. However, some grow fast, some take a while. It all depends on our mental age.


KarenSi said...

I think the individual child is a big part of it. I saw someone say in their answer that most kids probably won't want to read or get bored of books that are too old for them much like your niece.

bermudaonion said...

I never stopped my son from reading any book. I would discourage him from reading books that I felt would be so difficult for him they would frustrate him, but I always let him make the final decision.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Yes, it's a very individual thing, isn't it?


Anonymous said...

I agree with your answer.

Here's mine:

Sally said...

Lol I love that you had a self imposed ban.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't discouraged from reading any book by my mom, even adult romances as long as I was reading. I get questions like this at my work and the best answer I can give is that the parent read it along with the child or read it ahead of the child.

Sara said...

I wouldn't forbid a kid from reading a book unless is was severely inappropriate (erotica with a little kid for example).

I will give extra details to a kid reading a book if I think they won't like it by explaining what it's about (like when my six year old daughter bought a romance from the children's section) and I'll tell them that a book is very difficult to read if I think it's too hard and encourage them to quit if it gets to hard.

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

I think my answer is similar to yours in SOME ways. It's interesting to read everyone's answers on this. I think this provoked many more introspective posts than last week's.