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19 May 2016 @ 10:24 am
Dumb and Dumber  
The announcement that Dan Brown will write a YA version of THE DAVINCI CODE makes me shake my head in dismay. Really? Here is the link to the story: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/70408-ya-edition-of-dan-brown-s-da-vinci-code-announced-for-fall.html.

My favorite quote: " "It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of The Da Vinci Code sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery that I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in.” The changes planned for the new edition will be aimed at making The Da Vinci Code more appropriate for readers in their early teens."

SMH *headdesk*
 
 
 
Mary ClarkSEMSLibraryLady on May 19th, 2016 08:34 pm (UTC)
Reader's Choice?
Am I missing something? Can't we let kids read what they enjoy? Not everyone reads literary fiction all the time. I've never read this book or watched the movie, but what if a kid reads this and decides to explore more about Paris, or art history, or ?? I just want kids to read. This might be a gateway book to something amazing! I'd never belittle a choice a student made in my library. James Patterson? Have fun, honey. Still reading Evan Hunter's The Warriors in 7th grade? Yeah, sometimes I just want a comfort book, too.

I think of you as a champion of choice, and while this book is obviously not your cup of tea--or mine--I'm curious what the harm is. I just want kids to leave my school knowing that the library will always be a place for them, and that they're readers. Trust me, I try to hook them on the great stuff (and often succeed!), but sometimes a little junk reading hits the spot.

Mary

professornanaprofessornana on May 19th, 2016 09:47 pm (UTC)
I did read the book when it pubbed. My concern was why we need a YA version, whatever that is or would be. I am all for choice, but I am not on board for rewriting a book for a younger audience especially when it does not need rewritten or even abridged.
Mary ClarkSEMSLibraryLady on May 20th, 2016 12:16 am (UTC)
Ah, OK, I see. But even then, I do have some YA versions of books, like Unbroken and The Nazi Hunters that I feel are very well done. Isn't it up to the author if they want an abridged copy? It's not as if someone else is censoring their work; they're choosing to edit. I am trying to see the difference, not trying to argue.
Sherry BorgrenSherryTeach on May 20th, 2016 01:32 am (UTC)
Middle Grade/YA versions
My copy of the middle grade version of Marly and Me and Chasing Lincoln's Killer, which is the YA version of Manhunt are both very popular with my kids. Some of them go on to read the adult version later. I am also investing in the graphic novel versions of some popular titles: I have The Lightning Thief, Legend, The City of Ember, and some others. They have been very popular with my ELL students and developing readers. I know that in many cases, adult authors entering the children's lit market, either with original books or easier/shorter versions of adult books, is often quite a lot about money, but it doesn't matter to my students, who might just find something of interest.