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14 February 2009 @ 12:22 pm
Hi, all!  I don't really want to post about job-search stuff, but I'm back from Portland.

I have a new post at http://sixboxesofbooks.blogspot.com that might interest many of you, especially because it is a poll-type post, and I always get lots of responses to those here, no matter what the subject.

The question is about whether you read any books when you were kids that warped you for life...

So please, click over and answer!
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aetheraaethera on February 14th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
Here's what I would post to your blog if I could get the comment thing to work. :(

In general, I think that the books I read young that could have been considered age inappropriate were books that I just didn't fully understand, but I think that most of them would have been considered age inappropriate because of their implied sexual content; I never tended to read many books that tended toward frightening or disturbing imagery.

I never read erotica, but in junior high I did read books like "Tales of the City", in which a lot of sex goes on offstage and a lot of pot-smoking goes happens onstage. Some people I met worried that it was too "mature" for me, but what really struck me about it was its playful, inventive plot twists and its loving tone, which I think is really the crucial nature of the book. It seemed a lot less strange to me to read a book where sex was a part of life than it seemed to the adults who noticed me doing it, I think. And I remember being bemused at that age that people thought that reading about drugs or sex would make you want to imitate your reading, as if being young someone meant you were unable to separate fiction from advice.
Jesstherealocelot on February 16th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
(Also having problems getting the comment thing working)

The books that fit that description best for me were supposedly age-appropriate - the books aimed at children/YA focusing on childhood sexual abuse.

Not so much the notorious but blatantly sensationalistic ones (Flowers in the Attic, Clan of the Cave Bear), but the After School Special sort.