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Mythical Tiger
04-04-2009, 02:11 AM
What's your opinion about published Teen Authors? Do you think their books are good? Worth reading? Do you think they could've done better? Do you think teens should even get published?


I'm really curious on AW's view on this. I'm not trying to get under any teens skins here by asking. I myself am a teenager and absolutly love writing.


I think published teen authors are OK. I've read a few books and I think it was alright. I've heard some pretty harsh comments about Teen Authors and their books. For all I know, they're probably all true. I think some of them could've done a bit better. I definatly think teens should get published. If they worked there butt off and did there best? Why not. As long as they didn't just type it and didn't even bother with re-doing any of it and such. Somehow getting it published, then no, they shouldn't be published.

Now that I threw my two cents in, what do you guys think?




~Sam

dancingandflying
04-04-2009, 02:13 AM
I'm a teenager. Unfortunately, I think most (most! not all...) teenagers' books are not worth reading, but that's not to say that I have a bias against them and would not read a book simply because it was written by a teen. I would. I don't know - I think they should be graded on the same scale as other authors and not be criticized or ignored because they're a teenager.

Just my two cents.

d&f.

shokadh
04-04-2009, 02:14 AM
Personally, I've never (knowingly) read a book written by a teen author (age 14-19). If I did, I wouldn't know, so obviously, the proof is in the writing.

TheIT
04-04-2009, 02:20 AM
Voted "I could care less". Note: I'm interpreting this response to mean "I could care less what age the author is as long as the book is a good read".

Fade
04-04-2009, 02:20 AM
The only book I read by a teen author (I think; I don't check the age of the author normally) was In the Forests of the Night. I couldn't even tell. It was first person POV a three-hundred-year-old vampire, and with a believable voice. Unfortunately, the author's next book involved taking the villain from that book, dropping it in a high school, and adding an average fifteen year old who was a writer. I didn't bother finishing it.

Basically, they're just as good, sometimes better, sometimes worse, than all the other authors, IMO.

blueobsidian
04-04-2009, 02:33 AM
All teens who write are not the same. Some are more talented than others. As far as I'm concerned, it's of no use to judge them based on their age.

I have stylistic and content preferences, but I never judge a book based on the author.

Mr Flibble
04-04-2009, 02:36 AM
The age of the writer has absolutely no importance

Writing is everything.

Adam
04-04-2009, 02:42 AM
Makes no difference to me whether the author is 16 or 106. As long as the writing is good, what does it matter?

Chanelley
04-04-2009, 02:49 AM
I love reading excellent books and finding out a teen wrote it. It annoys me to no end when people make the assumption that teenagers aren't old enough to write. If you're writing YA, then teenagers are going to be pretty clued up in what they're writing. I know a lot of teens who've been writing from young ages, and their skills are on par with adult writers who are first time novelists.

geardrops
04-04-2009, 03:07 AM
When I read, the only thing about the author I find useful is the author's name, and that's only to look up other things they've written :)

AnonymousWriter
04-04-2009, 03:23 AM
The author's age doesn't bother me. It's all about the story and its writing.

There are many teenagers who can write better than some adults. And there are adults who are better writers than teenagers.
They're either a good writer or not. Their age isn't going to change that.

Wayne K
04-04-2009, 03:33 AM
S.E. Hinton got me interested in writing with The Outsiders. She was 17 when she wrote it, so I thought "Why not me?'

Matera the Mad
04-04-2009, 05:30 AM
I can't vote because you flubbed "they're". My allergies, y'know.

One of my online non-AW friends is a teenage writer. She's damn good.

Dirtpoor
04-04-2009, 11:09 AM
They get a dubious point from me if they use it as a selling point.

That they write a good story is all that matters.

Mythical Tiger
04-04-2009, 11:24 AM
Thanks for the reply's guys! If I offended anyone, I apoligize. I only posted this thread out of curiosity. I never made it to rub anyone the wrong way. Thank you again for the intresting opinions.


~Sam

ElsaM
04-04-2009, 12:46 PM
Honestly? If I had a choice between two books by two different authors who I hadn't ready before and I knew one was a teen author and the other wasn't, I'd probably choose the book by the non-teen. This is a prejudice of mine and I am aware of this.

I generally feel that teenage authors have had less time to develop their writing skills. I do know this doesn't mean that all teen authors are less skilled than adult writers, that many teen authors are very talented writers, and that I'm the one who's missing out by not necessarily reading their books.

I also believe that people who start writing in their teens (or earlier) have an advantage over people like me, who's starting ten years later.

MetalDog
04-04-2009, 02:21 PM
Couldn't care less. Could not care less, my caring is at it's lowest possible point.

Could care less means you could probably care less about it, but you're sticking with a higher level of caring because it bugs you.

Not that the expression gets to me at all. *twitch* ;)
I could probably care less about it, but I'm not going to!

ChaosTitan
04-04-2009, 06:32 PM
I voted other. The age of the author doesn't matter to me, whether they are fifteen or fifty. The story counts. If it's bad, it's bad. If it's good, it's good. The only author I know was a teen when she wrote her books was SE Hinton--that inspired me, as a thirteen year old, to start writing. But the stuff I wrote when I was her age was hilariously un-publishable. I needed the depth of experience and emotion that comes with age in order to improve and tell the stories I want to tell.

Claudia Gray
04-04-2009, 06:47 PM
The age doesn't matter to me. I suspect a number of teenagers seeking publication really aren't ready, but OTOH, any teen who gets published has cleared that hurdle. So at that point, nothing matters but the story.

Matera the Mad
04-04-2009, 11:20 PM
There are teens who can write stunningly, and adults who are too immature to see how badly they write. Some people are early bloomers, some aren't, that's all. The main difference age makes is having more experience to draw on -- and that doesn't always make a difference.

ChrisKelly331
04-04-2009, 11:35 PM
Ive read books by teenage authors that Ive really enjoyed, especially Amelia Atwater, she is another inspiration of mine because she was published so young. and its been really cool to see her writing mature and grow, I love her book midnight predator. From my own experience with my novel that I'm shopping around now I started it at 16, forgot about it came back and generally did the whole thing over because Im older and see things differently now.

Gillhoughly
04-04-2009, 11:45 PM
Writing is one vocation where age truly doesn't matter.

If the writing appeals to someone, it will be read, no matter what the age of the author.

aadams73
04-05-2009, 12:59 AM
I voted other. The age of the author doesn't matter to me, whether they are fifteen or fifty. The story counts. If it's bad, it's bad. If it's good, it's good.

This is me too. I don't care about anything other than story. Story is king in this business. Capture my attention and I'll never care how old you are, what color your skin is, whether you have F or M on your driver's license, or where you live. Entertain me, damn it! :D

stormie
04-05-2009, 01:02 AM
It depends on the writer, not the age. I'm a firm believer in that.

lm728
04-05-2009, 01:18 AM
There are some teen writers who write better than adult writers. In my yahoo crit group, for example, we have anonymous "themed" short story submissions each week, and you vote for the best one. Most of the time, a teen wins. Sure, adults may have more life experience, but a teen faces more challenges.

KikiteNeko
04-05-2009, 01:34 AM
I admire teenagers who can write a novel, regardless of quality. When I was a teenager I thought my writing was great, but I still have some of it lying around and hoo-boy it's worse than bad. My five-year-old cousin has written more competent things in pink crayon.

But as a teenager I never sat down and said "okay, I'm going to write something and try to get it published." I was not open to criticism and never proofread until college. So for me, I wasn't ready to be seeking publication until I grew up a little more. But that's not the case for everyone.

dreamsofnever
04-05-2009, 01:35 AM
Voted "I could care less". Note: I'm interpreting this response to mean "I could care less what age the author is as long as the book is a good read".

Ditto!

Honestly, all I care about is if it's a well-told story. I don't usually base me decisions on what to read on what I know about the author. Instead I choose based on stories that sound interesting and usually a read of the first few pages.

That said, I think that it takes time to develop your craft and writing abilities. As a teenage writer, you have the disadvantage of not having as many years of practice behind you.

But that alone doesn't mean that all teenage writers are going to write badly or anything like that. It's just something to consider when looking into being published as a teenager. Be sure that you spend time on your story to make it the best it can be. Get beta readers that have experience with writing to give you honest feedback (including constructive criticism) and do the best you can.

I think some writers take less time to develop their talents into something that is enjoyable to read, so it just varies based on the writer really. Which is why I would never make my decision on whether or not to read a book based on the author's age.

eyeblink
04-05-2009, 02:38 AM
Ditto!
That said, I think that it takes time to develop your craft and writing abilities. As a teenage writer, you have the disadvantage of not having as many years of practice behind you.

That does depend on when they started writing and how much practice they put in. A sixteen-year-old who started at eleven would be likely to be on a par with an adult who had been writing for five years, all other things (such as basic talent) being equal.

In my case, I wrote a novel at 13/14, but the first time I sold anything was at 24 - a short story. Mind you, I'd only been writing short fiction seriously for a couple of years, after joining a local writers' group

unicornjam
04-05-2009, 03:50 PM
I'm a teenager and for the most part, writing done by teenagers blows. Two excellent books written by teenagers are The Outsiders and Bonjour Tristesse.

Personally, I don't think the age of a writer matters, but I like reading about published teens.

aadams73
04-05-2009, 06:24 PM
I didn't choose "I could care less" because the correct expression is "I couldn't care less". Yes, it's nit-picky, but we should all be striving to improve.

Shady Lane
04-05-2009, 06:42 PM
:popcorn:

ChaosTitan
04-05-2009, 11:03 PM
Entertain me, damn it! :D

:ROFL: I need a bumper sticker like this.

dreamsofnever
04-05-2009, 11:55 PM
That does depend on when they started writing and how much practice they put in. A sixteen-year-old who started at eleven would be likely to be on a par with an adult who had been writing for five years, all other things (such as basic talent) being equal.

In my case, I wrote a novel at 13/14, but the first time I sold anything was at 24 - a short story. Mind you, I'd only been writing short fiction seriously for a couple of years, after joining a local writers' group

Very, very good point. Thanks, Eyeblink.

Quossum
04-06-2009, 10:23 PM
I've liked some books by teen writers.

If the publicity includes a whole lot of "ZOMG! He / she was only ____TEEN when he / she wrote this!!!11!!!" that tends to be a red flag, as are things like, "Sure it kind of sucks, but *for a ___-year-old* it's pretty good!"

Let the story stand on its own. If it's good, it's good.

--Q