Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Book News, In Brief
(OMG! It's Tha Chick Lit 4 Teens Edition)

Chick lit for teens: A lubricated trojan horse used to trick teens into reading, or a shallow waste of time and braincells? ABC News debates.

Candace Bushnell, the vapid wordsmith responsible for Sex In The City, is about to launch a series of novels detailing character Carrie Bradshaw's teen years. Will Pro-Keds become the new Manolo Blahniks?

The Subdury Star gives a classroom full of teenage girls more than enough rope to hang themselves, asking what it is about the Twilight books that they find so intriguing. The girls give this answer: "Edward." When asked to elaborate, the insightful teens came up with this: "Bella is in our situation and she's awkward in high school, which is what we can relate to. Then, she finds this perfect guy, which is what everyone wants to relate to." Somewhere in there is a metaphor for the differences between Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. I'll leave it to someone more politically sophisticated to suss it out.