Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Kids these Days

I have noticed lately that more and more kids are reading science fiction. While this is somewhat exciting, it is also a bit different. When I was in middle/high school it was not "cool" to be reading sci fi. In fact it was grounds for becoming a social outcast in some cases. Now, however, the most popular book in the school I student teach at is The Hunger Games, a science fiction/fantasy book about a girl forced to survive in a crazy alternate world. This book is pretty amazing for those of you who have not read it, but still a bit out there in my opinion. Also, in the young adult section of Barnes and Nobles, if you can search through all of the books dedicated to nauseating vampire romances, you will find numerous science fiction books. The other day they had an entire display dedicated to The Hunger Games, Little Brother and M.T. Anderson's The Feed (another pretty good read).

So what do you guys think. Is sci fi making a comeback? Has it never gone away? Or are kids just getting cooler by the second? (hint: the last one is probably not the correct answer)

4 comments:

John Harris said...

I was one of those kids that always had a sci-fi/fantasy book in his backpack, and, while I wasn't too proud of it then, I am proud to say it now. The Hunger Games is an awesome book that I really do recommend to anyone (the third book in the trilogy just came out). It is a very prominent example of a strong female lead in a sci-fi novel, and it is just a lot of fun (I mean, it is kinda intense/sad at times, too, but thats what you get when people kill people).

And I think that it is science fiction itself that is getting cooler, not the kids. I think, more than anything, Harry Potter is responsible for kicking sci-fi and fantasy into the mainstream of youth literature.

Bailey said...

See my above post! It is for sure taking over the movie industry, and a lot of these movie screenplays are based off of books and short stories...

Laura said...

Oh, I just felt like saying again how much I really liked the Hunger Games. Its interesting to me that it appeals to both guys and girls pretty equally since the story relies heavily on violence and in fact, portrays the girl as lacking in displays of emotion.

Mark Penner said...

I feel it is necessary to comment on John's observation. In your backpack! I simply carried the book from class to class!

In hindsight, perhaps I simply wasn't socially attuned enough to notice the social stigma attached the genre...