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Seems like a lot of shows cover teen pregnancy these days – not just TV, but also in the movies. Some make more publicity than others, but often it shows some choices that aren’t the best for teens, but so many of them make – whether they’re thinking about it or not.

It’s a difficult topic for a YA writer. Do you put on your kid gloves and pretend sex doesn’t exist until marriage? Do you get in the gritty and gruesome side and show actual choices teens face? Do you take a middle road and acknowledge it? Do you show your personal opinions in the writing, either way, and risk alienating those on each side of the fence who make up the readership?

Each writer must make the decision for herself. Those decisions color everything we write and make our books more personal. Personal, meaning closer to the writer’s thoughts and closer to readers. I haven’t tackled this topic yet, but it doesn’t mean I won’t.

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3 Comments

  1. Jamie said,

    20 January 2009 at 08:56

    I have debated cursing in one of my YA works. So far I have left it out but I think it might sneak its way into it yet.

  2. Dawn Embers said,

    22 January 2009 at 16:34

    Well, I don’t have anything with pregnancy, but I write about gay boys. lol

    But I guess that in itself is a risk because it could alienate some people, and upset many that think teens shouldn’t be dealing with it. However, I know what gay teens face and that they know their sexuality as young as age 14 (or younger depending).

    Sex and swearing are something I do write about with teens, but not all. Some teens swear and others do not. It depends on the character, situation, and plot.

  3. Scipta said,

    4 February 2009 at 23:31

    Teenage pregnancy is an issue of concern. Teen does not know the bad effects of pregnancy in early age. I think parents have to come forward to guide their teenagers.


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