****WARNING SWEARING AHEAD****
I hope you guys are ready for a ramble about my thoughts on swearing. Yes I am about discuss whether YA books should contain cursing. No I don’t mean Harry Potter Imperious cursing, I am talking about Fuck! Bitch! Twat! I think you catch my drift.
In my last discussion post I mentioned a discussion I had with some other book lovers about periods being mention in YA, this then led on to swearing. I mentioned that Year 7s in the school I work at read A Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time as part of the curriculum. Now if you have read this you will know there is swearing in this book. But what surprised me when I opened the book to read a few chapters to the class was that the swear words were all blacked out. Yes you heard me. Like a telegram in WWII retracting sensitive information, the pages were covered in blacked out words. The children could tell what the words were. They knew the words. If anything knowing there were swear words were what kept the class interested in the book.
It may come to a surprise to the book lovers out there but a lot of children don’t enjoy reading. They see it as a complete chore. So if a couple of swear words can keep children interested in a book then is it worth it? Because trust me they know these words already and worse ones. I had an 11 year old boy call me a fucking cunt, along with a few other colourful phrases, without taking a pause to think. Swearing is everywhere! However, just because they read it, doesn’t necessarily mean they are about to go swearing at every person they meet. Most of the time it just means they giggle when they see the word and continue reading.
So what do you think? Does a little swearing in YA matter if it keeps the reader interested? Or is it unnecessary? I can’t wait to hear what you thinks.
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