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Book reviews, news, commentary, etc. The devil's in the details. And the white space.
"A recent article in the Wall Street Journal caused a stir by asserting that "young adult fiction is rife with depravity". Ness has himself been accused, by the Daily Mail, of choosing subjects too dark for youngsters. Monsters of Men has a scene, for example, in which Viola is "waterboarded" under interrogation. But Ness thinks it is important to consider what teenagers write themselves: 'I have judged teenage writing contests and it is extraordinarily dark material. Isn't it better to acknowledge that and say, 'All right, these are the things you think about, but let's look at them seriously, let's look at the real consequences and the real feelings that surround them'? To not write about serious things is, in a way, abandoning a young reader, and I just won't do that.'"
-Patrick Ness, The Independent. "Whole truth for teenagers: Patrick Ness's novels have attracted acclaim, awards - and censure," by Nicolette Jones 06.24.2011