[Ann Farmer] Treasure Island: A lost world of adventure for today's youngsters

[Ann Farmer] Treasure Island: A lost world of adventure for today’s youngsters

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[Mercatornet] Have adventure books been left on the shelf? Is Treasure Island a lost world for today’s youngsters? Telegraph reviewer Jake Kerridge laments that “once adored works” like Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic yarn really are out of fashion, and are not being replaced by stories that appeal to boys in particular.

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While mentioning Anthony Horowitz’s popular teenage detective series Alex Rider, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson novels, and the Artemis Fowl books of Eoin Colfer, he says that “[t]he current trend for older teenage boys is not to read adult fiction so much as the new wave of intelligent, emotionally literate books about teenagers.”

If this is so, it has a lot to do with the current politically correct preoccupations of publishers. As Mr Kerridge points out, the old adventure stories appealed to everyone, but, “Perhaps the days of the book with multi-generational appeal are an anachronism.”

He also notes that such stories were once the staple of multigenerational television, regularly dramatised by the BBC for the Sunday tea-time slot. But the dramatisation of Ivanhoe in 1997 “was probably Walter Scott’s last hurrah on the Beeb.”

Indeed, the BBC abandoned that particular slot some time ago, and having dispensed with “inter-generational viewing” now justify their failure to provide such enertainment with the circular argument that families no longer watch TV together.

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