Why kids love ‘Disaster, Distress and Dystopia’

President of the Child Mind Institute, Harold Koplewicz, examines why kids love to read disaster and dystopian fiction.

” assuming a teenager consumes a varied diet of reality YA Lit, then the “disaster story” can serve as a healthy outlet for its reader. Sometimes by reading about a truly terrible tragedy, a teen is able to find a perspective he wouldn’t otherwise have on his own more pedestian woes. For another teenager, the disaster story may reflect what a teenager is feeling but cannot always express.”

Full piece appears in the Huffington Post.

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