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Staying Relevant (but keeping violence in YA fiction under control) — 10 Comments

  1. Husbands, love your wives as Christ loved the church. Christ took our sin, our pain and our punishment on the cross. Any man who does any less is not a man of God.

    One woman I know left her husband when he started to get violent. She said “I have daughters. I cannot let them believe staying with a violent man is the right thing to do”.

    I’m got a 13-year-old daughter, and while I’d prefer she didn’t know about the nastier side of life, I’d also prefer she learned about how to deal with it from fiction than from real life.

    • Thank you for the great comments. That’s good point about daughters, but of course it is just as true for sons. In my story I made sure that John, my hero, is disgusted by the way Bertram White acts. I think his reaction speaks volumes to girls reading the story. OR I hope so. When my younger son was in high school he came home one day all furious about how one of his classmates had been beaten by her loser boyfriend. My son and his friends confronted him and made sure he realized there would be consequences if it ever happened again. I was so proud of him for standing up for that. Wouldn’t it be a better world if more decent men in the neighborhood took wife beaters to the woodshed for a discussion?

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