This post is a kind of "follow-up" to yesterday's blog. It's perhaps a ray of hope amid those dreary statistics I talked about yesterday.
Yes, it appears, like a large population of the nation's tweens and teens, I'm on the "Twilight" bandwagon. For one, the books are exceptionally well-written, lots of imagination, vivid descriptions, well-drawn characters, etc. etc. But the other reason that I love these books is because kids are READING! In my day job I teach junior high age kids, and I can't tell you how much it thrills me to see kids reading. On any given day I see 10 or more kids carrying around one of the "Twilight" books. In fact, during our afternoon break time, when kids can get a snack and sit and talk for a few minutes with their friends, I see lots of kids sitting and READING instead. This is an extremely rare thing... to see kids choosing to read instead of talk. Every so often this phenomenon occurs, where a book or series of books explodes in popularity among young people. We saw it several years ago when the Harry Potter series took off. So I realize that many people may be sick of hearing about "Twilight" & seeing the advertisements of the movie, tired of seeing Robert Pattinson's face plastered about (although I, for one, sort of like that a lot). Many folks may be wondering what all the fuss is about. The fuss is about this... young people in this country are reading! Sure, not all of them, but a good deal more than were reading before the "Twilight" craze hit. Let's all hope that the trend continues, and that the kids who fell in love with reading because of the "Twilight" books will find other books to inspire their imaginations and their creativity. There's a world of them out there. So kids... go find them!