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ERIC Number: ED024674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May
Pages: 6
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Recent Trends in Fiction for Adolescents.
Davis, James E.
English Journal, v56 n5 p720-24 May 1967
To determine present trends in junior novels, researchers compared 23 novels written after 1959 with characteristics of junior novels written before that date. The following trends were identified: (1) The action in the majority of novels occurs over a few months. (2) Simple and compound sentences often connected by "and" predominate. (3) The unrealistic success of heroes is giving way to success achieved with some difficulty. (4) Characters are fundamentally serious, complex, and dignified. (5) The ages of heroes and heroines vary from nine to middle age. (6) Although the middle-class standards of living are reflected in the majority of the novels, exceptions to this are frequently evident. (7) Profanity or allusions to sexual activity are seldom used. (8) Although the omniscient point of view predominates, experimentation (e.g., shifts in point of view within a novel) is taking place. (9) Didacticism is evident in most novels. (10) Themes reflect not only the adolescent's problems in growing up, but also some use of satire and the areas of racial tension, science fiction, and the depression years. Many of the recent junior novels are well-written and "are improving to the point that some of them may well survive as classics." (SW)
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