Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Teen Talk Tuesday: Boys & Books

Teen Talk Tuesday is now in its third week. The students have been very helpful and are always willing to answer your questions throughout the school day. If you have a question for the teens, please post it in the comments. We look forward to hearing from you!

Last week a commenter wanted to know what books the boys in my library preferred: genres, titles, authors, fiction vs. nonfiction. So here's a random sample from young men I interviewed as they came in this week. Remember, the names are changed to protect the innocent.

Todd (a junior): prefers High Fantasy and "absolutely no other genres." His favorite series is Adventurers Wanted by M.L. Forman, and his favorite author is Robert Jordan.

Colby (senior): prefers non-fiction but has "no specific titles or authors." For fiction, he prefers Dystopian. His favorite fiction titles are The Eleventh Plague, Tales of a Madman Underground, and Looking for Alaska.

Kevin (sophomore): prefers Humor and Graphic Novels. His favorite series is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Nate (junior): prefers Paranormal, Mysteries, and Adventures. His favorite series are Vladimir Tod and The Edge Chronicles.

Sean (junior): prefers Realistic Drama. His favorite author is Coe Booth, and he says he will always read anything by her.

Ken (senior): prefers Dystopian. His favorite is The Hunger Games, but he says he also enjoyed Legend. His favorite author is Darren Shan.

Andre (freshman): prefers non-fiction books on basketball. His favorite series is the Guinness Book of World Records, and he has no favorite author.

What would you like to know from a teenager's perspective?


KaylaBeck said...

Hi Sandi! I was wondering if your boys would mind answering what kind of incentives it would take to get them to step outside of their comfort zone and try a different genre? Would they ever be willing to try one of their peer's favorite books in a genre they are unfamiliar with?

Sandi said...

Hi, Kayla! I shared your question with Todd, since he's a die-hard fantasy fan. To tempt him out of his comfort zone he said he would be tempted by great "premiums, like nice bookmarks, magnets, or unique freebies." He says he usually chooses books by their covers, and they must look interesting for him to read. If a peer suggested a book outside his genre, he would "try it only if the person was a good friend." And if he didn't like the beginning, he would put it down and "hope they didn't ask him questions about it later!"

Great question!