Critical Linking

Critical Linking: The Most Read Stories, September 10th -15th, 2012

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

Here are the most read stories from the last week in Critical Linking…

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The new genre is meant to be for readers aged 14-35 but how likely is it that a 14-year-old reader would enjoy the same story as a 35-year-old? There may be issues with the content – a story set in a university could include adult language and themes that are either inappropriate for a 14 or 15-year old – or, more likely, what one age group finds exciting may simply be boring for the other.

As someone who is on the upper end of this range, I welcome “new adult.” As someone who knows teenagers, I’m not so sure we go together like this.

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Clare Phillipson championed the bonfire after reading two-thirds of the novel. She explained: “we have libraries wasting and grossly misusing public money to buy a book which says: ‘domestic violence is sexy.’”

Listen Clare, libraries buy books people want to read. You don’t get to decide.

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“We will not carry the book,” says Kelly Justice, owner and manager of Fountain Books in Shockoe Slip. “It’s published by my competition, so I can’t do that. It puts me in a very awkward position because I’ve been selling David’s books since his first, which is now out of print. It’s disappointing and saddening that I won’t be able to support this book. It breaks my heart, honestly.”

It’s too bad an exception can’t be made for a local writer who is being published by Amazon.

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 55% of buyers of books designated for children aged 12 to 17 are actually age 18 or older.

A statistic that should surprise absolutely no one.