Why are teens addicted to dystopian novels such as articles like Fresh Hell by Laura Miller?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I'm confident you'd get some really interesting responses if you asked your friends and classmates why they're attracted to such works.  That would no doubt be much more timely and accurate and research-based than anything we have to say.  Ours is commentary; theirs would be facts.  In this case, the relatively inexperienced people have the best experiences for you to use.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think you should ask some teens, because otherwise all you get is the opinions of people like us who teach teens but are not ourselves teens...

My opinion is that teens often feel like the world is all screwed up.  Many teens feel dissatisfied with the fact that the world does not give them the place they feel they deserve (doesn't recognize their adulthood).  I think that, for this reason, they are drawn to dark visions.  They are drawn to "worlds" where everything clearly is wrong because they already relate to that idea.

But that's just my view from the outside...

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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It would be too bold to generalize that all teenagers like dystopian novels and even more bold to assume that they become addicted to them. In an attempt to answeryour question, I would say that teenagers often get excited when the literature that is presented to them engages their senses and plays with their imagination. This is often the case with dystopian novels, and if you notice, it is becoming a trend with movies and media as well.

However, it is very safe to assume that not everyteenager likes the dystopian genre and certainly addiction is a massively strong term to apply to reading. Though at times I wonder if I am addicted to it myself. :)

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