Controversial Song of the Day: “F*^K You” by Cee-Lo Green
For the entire month of April, we’ll be participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Our theme for the month? CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS IN YA. Check out the link above for other awesome blogs participating.
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Curse words. So many of us use them. Yet, when they are written in a book for teens, people complain.
I hear my students curse all the time. Most of them don’t think that I can hear them; however, some of them are fully aware that they are cursing in front of adults and they just don’t care.
Swear words have become a normal part of teenage vernacular. So, why should we not use them in our novels? Of course having the “F” word in every sentence is a little unnecessary, but dropping the “F” bomb every now and then in a YA novel is not the end of the world–at least it shouldn’t be.
Pam and I don’t shy away from using foul language. I even have a couple curse words in my historical novel–hey, people swore in the early 1900s, believe me.
This topic has come up on several blogs before and it is still considered to be controversial. Here are a few older blog posts where you can read about this topic and gauge just how long it’s been going on:
Kidlit.com (from 2010)
Literaticat.blogspot.com (from 2011)
YAtopia.blogspot.com (from 2011)
For those of you that are completely against cursing in YA and you only want to read “clean” novels, here are a few popular YA novels that have NO curse words (according to the Interwebz) in them:
*The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
*Chime by Franny Billingsley
*Divergent by Veronica Roth
*The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
*The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
You tell us: do you write a lot of swear words in your YA novels? Do you think YA novels should be free of curse words? Finally, can you think of any realistic contemporary YA that is completely swear-free??