Wednesday, September 16, 2009

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gr8 Scot!: The New Language of Teen Lit
Texting on the teen front hasn't caused young readers to veer away from an old-fashioned paperback, as sales of young adult books are up September 16, 2009
Shelley Fralic, Vancouver Sun (4th in a series)

To say that the English language, and society's reading habits, have evolved over the centuries is to cite the obvious.

To say some literature, for want of a better description, is a little harder to comprehend these days is to understate.

Take this, for instance:

"s'up, peepz? u heading over 4 r friday nite festivities?"

That's a sentence, not borrowed from a text message or a Tweet, in fact not from any other hand-held fount of cyberspace shorthand.

It's from a page in a good old-fashioned book, the kind with a front and back cover, the kind you hold in your hands and read, and in this case titled ttyl and written by Fort Collins, Colo. author Lauren Myracle.

ttyl, should you be instant messaging-impaired, stands for "talk to you later" and is the first clue that the 209 pages you are about to read are written mostly in that distinct hieroglyphic conversational style of Facebook/Twitter/MySpace/iPhone communication that is not only second nature, but a second language, to the average modern teen.

The translation of the sentence, in the more arcane English, says Myracle, is something like: "What's going on, my darling friend-people? Are you preparing to transport yourselves to our Friday night festive gathering?"

Published in 2004, ttyl proved so popular with teens that Myracle followed it up with three more novels in her Internet Series: ttfn in 2007, l8r, g8r in 2008 and, this year, bff, an interactive fill-in-the-blanks book.

Oh, that's "ta ta for now", "later gater" and "best friends forever."

And while no one's likely to argue that technology, and the Internet, have not impacted teen literacy, the bigger surprise is that all that touch typing on the tween front hasn't put much of a dent in teenlit publishing.

From Nancy Drew to Black Beauty, from Treasure Island to Little Women, from Harry Potter to Twilight, the market for teenlit has been, and remains, strong. READ MORE !

Check Out a Book @ Burbank Public Library

Lauren Myracle – Abrams, 2004
~ This funny, smart novel follows the friendship of three tenth-grade girls as they experience some of the typical pitfalls of adolescence.

Lauren Myracle – Amulet, 2006
~ Told entirely in instant messages, this sequel to the hugely popular "ttyl" follows Maddie, Zoe, and Angela through the new flirtations, fixations, and frustrations of 11th grade.

L8r, g8r
Lauren Myracle – Amulet, 2007
~ The winsome threesome say Rl8rS to high school in this sequel.

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