By pulling our punches as writers for fear of upsetting a censorious minority we are crippling one of teenagers’ most powerful conduits to growth. Don’t do it. Ignore the naysayers. Laugh at those who don’t recognize the words you’ve chosen. Be prepared to fight for the right word in the right place at the right time. Inform through context and clarity of expression. Tell a story so powerful, that tells the truth and packs such an emotional punch, that editors have to publish it in spite of its intellectual rigor.
These are the books that last.
Which of the books you’ve read celebrate the power of story to stretch our intellectual capacities without causing you to throw the book against the wall in frustration?
Which books have made you glad you gave up hours of your life to read them?
Which ones managed to entertain you whilst also leaving you feeling smarter for having read them?
I’ll start the ball rolling by declaring Philip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS to be one such read. What’s your favorite?