Re DWJ's Faults, PG rated
alex.mb at zoo.co.uk
Tue Mar 12 14:17:41 EST 2002
I teach boys of this age - some are sex-obsessed whereas some really don't
like girls that much yet but feel obligd to pretend otherwise in order to
fit in with their peers. My brother was certainly obseessed with
masturbation and the like at 13 as I remember discussing it with him (I was
older). I think that Blade would have been terrified - and so would many
boys even now!
> He felt that there was no way a lad of Blade's
> age (13 irrc) would have been able or wanted to
> resist Sukie, being as how they are all sex mad
> at that age. Um, what do the guys on the list, in
> particular, think about this. My friend said he
> didn't think dwj could know a lot about teenage
> boys....... The fact that she has three sons
> didn't impress him, nor my suggestion that Blade
> was still a bit young for that kind of thing.
> I've read novels (by Gide and others) which dwell
> a lot on, Oh god how am I going to put this, the
> uncontrollability of desire at that age, fixation
> on masturbation etc. Things which, of course, are
> mostly avoided in most YA novels, let alone
> Dwj's. It's a bit odd to think about dwj's
> teenage male characters in this way. I just tend
> to infer they haven't got to that stage yet. And
> of course novels only show a slice of the
> character's lives in any case (though some
> author's have struggled very hard with the whole
> So, are Blade and the other dwj lads implausibly
> .......... almost everyone is boring some kind of reader
> or other.
> Pamela Dean Dyer-Bennet
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