On the Fly--Fourteen. The New Seventeen.

Over the weekend I received two interesting emails. One at my MySpace account. One at my website account. Both from readers who wanted to let me know how much they loved ALL ABOUT EVIE. I was thrilled. I was also stunned. Both readers, different readers, identified themselves as being fourteen. As in 14-years-old!

I cringed thinking about the sexual content and graphic language, although both of the young ladies commented only on the humor. A co-worker at the library wasn't surprised to learn I had a young audience. "Fourteen," she said, "is the new seventeen. Trust me. I know." She's the mother of a young teenage girl. According to her, at this point, in today's world, a 14-year-old has pretty much seen and heard it all.

I don't even think I read my first Harlequin until I was 16 and they were categories. No graphic language to my recollection, certainly not the 'F' work. And the sex took place 'off page'. I definitely remember being disappointed when I read... They slipped into the bedroom.... Then turning the page to a new chapter... The next morning... Ack!

I guess I'm a bit old-fashioned. And not having children myself, I admit to being out of touch with what kids are indulging in at what age. All I can say is, I'm glad my two young fans commented on the humor in ALL ABOUT EVIE and not the sex otherwise I'd be mortified. I'm also taking solace in the knowledge that all of my tales include positive messages on many aspects of life, including say-no-to-drugs and say-yes-to-social tolerance. In which case, hooking them early is a good thing.

By the way, if either of those young ladies read this post, I was so flattered by your kind words. You made my weekend. Peace and joy!

Comments

Tori Lennox said…
I would have thought 14 was a little too young, too. But like you, I don't have kids, so what do I know? *g*
Michelle said…
By the time I was 14 I'd read all of Jackie Collins' backlist. And it didn't affect me negatively at all.

*blinks*

Well, actually, I guess that would depend on who you ask. ;-)
Beth Ciotta said…
I guesss we're fuddy-duddys, Tori. :)

Oh, wow, Michelle. I guess I was a fuddy duddy even at 14 then! What or who turned you on to JC at such a young age?
flchen1 said…
Wow... you know, I'm not sure. My initial reaction is that 14's a little young, but I probably did start reading some of the Harlequins around then. (They were definitely more of the "and then the next morning" type though ;)) I'm not sure how I'll feel in 10 years if my daughter starts to want to share my reading list...
Beth Ciotta said…
flchen1, at the rate we're going, in ten years 14 will be the new 21! :) That said, I'm betting your daughter will have excellent reading taste. No worries!
Gabriele C. said…
Lol, I was 13 when I read erotic poetry. My father took one look, said, ah well, it's Goethe, after all. I wonder how many of the naughty bits you'll find in the first place.

I found them all. :)
Beth Ciotta said…
Ha! That's priceless, Gabrielle. Thanks for the much needed chuckle. :)
Roni said…
Hey, at least they're reading, not watching TV!
Beth Ciotta said…
I thought the same thing, Roni! :)

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