What kind of books do teen boys really want?
(cross-posted at Guys Lit Wire)
13-year-old Max Leone gives us his opinion in Publishers Weekly, arguing that “[t]he reason we read so little in our free time is partially because of the literary choices available to teenagers these days.”
So what kind of books does Max think should be published?
All his points are worth a read (seriously, this is one entertaining guy), but my favorite is this:
Vampires, simply put, are awesome. However, today’s vampire stories are 100 pages of florid descriptions of romance and 100 pages of various people being emo. However much I mock the literature of yesteryear, it definitely had it right when it came to vampires. The vampire was always depicted as a menacing badass. That is the kind of book teenage boys want to read. Also good: books with videogame-style plots involving zombie attacks, alien attacks, robot attacks or any excuse to shoot something.