Saturday, 17 September 2011
YA reading, a romance and the path to discernment.
by Aprilynne Pike
Again this is just a quick update my recent reading post. Wings is a young adult paranormal romance novel a couple of the kids at school had me read, not a novel I would have chosen for myself, I can however, see why it appeals to them. It has drama and romance, an easy accessible prose style and magic, lots and lots of magic, not always plausible but with big teenage girl appeal. The main character has recently moved to a new school and seems to be developing an unusual problem, she is sprouting leaves. Is she becoming a plant or something all together more magical? Fairies and trolls feature, a relationship with a boy at school and an another encounter with an apparently fairy boy, complicate the plot, while primarily the main character has to thwart the evil plans of trolls. Overall this is a pretty mediocre book to say the least, the prose is pedestrian at best, the plot is silly and the characterisation is simplistic and predictable.
I don't want to sound like too much of a snob about this book, but to put it briefly, it is just a Twilight clone that replaces vampires with fairies, literature it is not. Is it a bad book? Well it certainly is not a good book but then, it is what it is. If it entertains a teenager and keeps them reading, stimulates their imagination and curiosity then it is a good thing, it becomes merely a step in their reading development, a building block to discernment and reading maturity, such books are necessary, how else will kids learn to appreciate truly great books if they do not have the privilege of reading many and varied books on their reading journey, at least this is a book that makes them want to read and keeps them turning pages.