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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday Morning Musings: Death by electronics

Hello Saturday!

With this week's topic, I'm just going to jump straight to:

Are social media, online games, nose to cell phones killing the MG/Tween/YA imagination and their book reading?

You know I am not sure, but I do feel that kids spend a lot of time playing video games. However, many say they enjoy reading a real book instead of an ebook. I don’t think it is killing their imagination as much as limiting their choices. When someone reads a book there are all kinds of possibilities. They can imagine the look of the characters and they can identify with them. Not sure that any of these video games allow for that. Constantly texting and sending photos takes away from time to read and so I think it isn’t really killing book reading as taking away the time that kids would normally read.

Social media, online games and cell phones weren't part of my teenage years, but I remember spending hours on the phone chatting to friends. It seems that over the years, little has changed, and teenagers still like to communicate - even if the methods are more hi-tech now. However, as well as keeping up with my friends, the teenage me also liked to spend a lot of time reading so that I could escape from real life. Perhaps teens nowadays use social media and phones when they want to chat but also read books when they want some release from reality. Online games, seem to be slightly different in that they are irresistable to some users who become obsessed with playing. Given the choice of reading and gaming, many would choose the latter. However, not all games involve chasing, shooting and fighting, some included interactive stories which the player has to read, so it might be argued that those games are taking reading to a whole new level.

TERRI BERTHA, Mainstream NEW author

I believe TV, SM, games and cell phones are all contributing to a lack of imagination and decreased reading in this age group. These give an ‘out’ to all the reasons not to read.  Given the choice, is a YA going to cozy up with a book or start the next online battle?  Sure, there are some who enjoy reading because they love to read.  But that enjoyment started early in life with parents reading to them, and they themselves learning how to think and understand words and sentences.  But the learning and knowledge had to come first.  With today’s information overload, skimming pages or reading bullet points sometimes is preferred.  Attention spans, reading skills, imagination and creativity can suffer by not having limited use on high tech and SM. 

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note:

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday Morning Musings: Audience or genre

Good morning, Musers.

Not too bright and early for you, I hope. This question has been bothering me for a bit now, so...

Lately, I’ve been referring to MG/Tween/YA as our age group audience. Is this more correct than using, genre? Which…age or genre…is more limiting?

As a reader, I take notice of both genre and age when I select a book to read, although, to me, the genre is the most important. However, to the MG/Tween/YA age group, age and genre might both have similar importance. Adult stories may not be appropriate for this age group, so it is important that they know which books are suitable and which are not. 

I have found that this is more of a genre, since many adults read these books. Adults I have spoken to have said they like my books because the characters and situations remind them of their own time in high school. However, many teens and tweens have read them as well. So with the differing ages I think this should be called a genre. I would say age group is more limiting. Genre allows for any age to read them.

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Saturday Morning Musings: I’m in a niche

Welcome home, Saturday Musers!

Hope you've been having fun. I know March break is around the corner for many...have fun and be safe.

Let's find out a little more about our authors' books:

What niche does your book fill and why should our audience read it?

'Daffodil and the Thin Place' tells the story of a thirteen-year old girl who escapes to another period in history - the Victorian age. It is pure escapism but because it is set in a building that really exists, amongst real historical characters, it has an air of authenticity. All that and a touch of romance and lashings of excitement are thrown in too!

TERRI BERTHA, Mainstream NEW author

My main goal with Spooky Twisties is to get kids to read more, by offering entertaining stories mixed with humor, fun and horror.  Hopefully, the reading audience can relate in some way to the characters on the pages and find themselves amused with my Middle Grade fiction.

My books fall in the social issues niche and they talk about how my characters have a problem and need to change. In one of them my character feels invisible and wants to become popular. In the other my character’s father has suddenly become ill and she has to deal with this. I know both books have characters that teens like and also they both end in a very satisfying way. The story centers on the kids and how they need to change to get what they want. Most people who have read my first book have identified with the characters. it speaks to them. 

For me, nothing can sweep me away like historical fiction. I get lost in the adventure, and our own history—from the Scottish Highlands to Ancient Rome. However, many of these books are so brutal and sexually explicit that I have to read gory parts with my eyes closed. They’re not appropriate for younger readers, or my mother.  *grin*

I think my niche is a unique one because I spend so much time researching and travelling to far off locations in order to bring history to life, while at the same time hoping to carry young readers off on the best possible adventure. 

Keep reading and dreaming. If there’s anything you’re curious about just drop me a note: