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  •  I feel for you. (3+ / 0-)

    Every year I go to the bookstore to get 2 books for each of my grandnieces and my grandnephews -- birthday and Christmas.

    They've grown past that age now, but I used to avoid most kids' fantasy. (I don't remember "working to be popular" plots, but then the bookstore I favor is run by conscious feminists. They may have ditched those.)

    •  Oh thanks for reminding me... (0+ / 0-)

      of the OTHER horrible thing that I constantly see.

      "Everything is horrible, and gets worse, but we're plucky/blase enough to deal with it."

      But yeah, the popularity thing is really annoying with girls fiction.  It's EVERYWHERE.

      I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

      by detroitmechworks on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:16:40 AM PST

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    •  But fantasy of merit still is being written (0+ / 0-)

      for kids of many genders.  Robin LaFevers' Theodosia Throckmorton books, for example, or Alan Bradley's  Flavia de Luce, or Phillip Reeve's Mortal Engines and prequel series Fever Crumb.  Or Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (caution: the ending may be properly considered blasphemous by some).

      For older girls, consider science fiction: David Gerrold's Jumping off the Planet and sequelae, David Weber's Honor Harrington series of space operas, or Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga books.  All with strong youngish characters both male and female.

      Non-fantasy: True Grit  impressed me, as a book and both movie versions.  Winter's Bone.  Hunger Games  (I am afraid I can't see this trilogy quite as a fantasy,  unfortunately).  The Book Thief.  Kids grow up way faster than you think.

      There's much good stuff.

      I got into kid lit myself in the late 70's early 80's when my kids were young we we read to them constantly .  It was all what is now considered classic, but it isn't at all bleak out there; you just have to look outside the traditional categories.

      Real plastic here; none of that new synthetic stuff made from chicken feathers. By the morning of 9/12/2001 the people of NYC had won the War on Terror.

      by triplepoint on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 11:17:29 AM PST

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      •  Older SF (0+ / 0-)

        When I give SF, I generally give the older stuff that I've read myself.
        "Hunger Games" was an exception. I gave it, then read it, and was glad I'd given it.


        The golden age of science fiction is 13.
        Still I think the best stuff of my youth is far better than what I see being published today. (The worst stuff of my youth, OTOH, was trash indeed.)

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