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Is high school violence taboo in YA?


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#1 asmcdermott

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Posted 11 May 2016 - 10:56 AM

I've been mulling over an idea for a YA sci-fi about a character that travels back in time and goes undercover to prevent various tragedies. One of the incidents she has to prevent is a mass shooting at a high school. My question is, would this topic be too controversial for agents? I don't think I would focus on the actual shooting, just the build-up, but I know this is a very sensitive subject. Stephen King even banned his own book, Rage, because it allegedly inspired so many real-life shootings.

Would it be better to switch the tragedy she is trying to prevent to something else or should I just go for it and hope that I can handle it carefully enough that it doesn't trivialise a very serious problem?



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Posted 11 May 2016 - 12:27 PM

I don't think it is taboo at all. In fact there have been fairly recent YA books published that include that scenario.

 

I think as long as you handle it without glorifying the violence, it would be fine. (Esp. since what you are writing about is someone trying to prevent the attack).



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Posted 13 May 2016 - 01:08 PM

Thanks! I feel better about that plot now.



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Posted 14 May 2016 - 01:37 AM

Considering THIS IS WHERE THIS ENDS (http://www.goodreads...s-where-it-ends) was on the NYT Bestsellers list, the answer is no. (There have been more books published on this topic recently, but this is the only one that comes to mind.) 






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