It is becoming too difficult to write books about teenagers because they are so busy on social media they do not do enough to form a plot, the novelist Dame Jacqueline Wilson has suggested.
Dame Jacqueline, one of the best-selling children’s writers of all time, said she has turned away from writing about teenage girls because they are not “actually going out” enough to create action.
Saying she had not written a modern teenage book for some time, she added she now found it “quite difficult” to think of plots involving them.
Speaking at Hay Festival, she said she is now more likely to write about Victorian or Edwardian children instead.
Project Remix, backed by Booktrust with partners Movellas and Penguin Random House, is asking young people aged 13-19 to create a piece of creative writing, comic strip, book cover, book trailer or music composition based on one of 24 works of literature chosen by Blackman, including works such as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen to The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
My Name Is… by Alastair Campbell reviewed by Anna bel Pitcher
Throughout, it’s the teenagers that Campbell does best, another high-point being the narrative of Sammy, Hannah’s first boyfriend. Their barbed but flirtatious exchanges give us a glimpse of the type of writer Campbell could be, were he not so bogged down by his mission to educate the world about worthy issues. This may be a commendable life‑aim, but it does not make for a commendable novel.
A long profile of the new Children’s Laureate, by Susanna Rustin, in which Malorie Blackman pledges to pay more attention to teenagers than her predecessors
"I think younger children have been incredibly well served by the laureates we’ve had, but maybe teenagers haven’t had as much of a look-in, so I’m looking forward to redressing the balance," she said.