I was in Barnes and Noble and accidentally on purpose wandered into the young adult section and I noticed that most of the featured books were about Vampires and/or rich kids. (Yes, I know I need to read Twilight.)
Apparently, these are the series that are all the rage.
Gossip Girl: obvs, you probably know about these. Rich kids on the Upper East Side of Manhattan spend their parents money and sleep with each other’s boyfriends.
A-List: Rich kids in Beverly Hills
The Clique Series: Rich kids at a private day school
The Private Series: rich kids at a private boarding school
Anyone see a pattern? What happened to the underdogs? The awkward girls? The Margarets and the Kathleens? Why the sudden fascination with rich, vapid, and materialistic? Where success is defined as cutting other girls down and bullying? And snagging the rich popular guy? I know that this stuff can be fun to read about as a guilty pleasure. And of course, as always, it’s always great to have girls read, but the girls who are probably into reading don’t need to have these messages hammered into their minds. I guess I have kind of accepted the fact that other forms of media are totally corrupted for young girls (uh, who HASN’T been sucked into a marathon of The Hills) but leave literature alone! Let that be a place where girls can get positive messages!
These make Jessica Wakefield seem like Gidget.