Monday, November 3, 2008

Teens say they're reading urban fiction because it reflects life in the city. Should parents be concerned?

Urban fiction - also known as street lit or street fiction - is a style of literature that depicts drugs, violence, and sexual promiscuity in black and Latino neighborhoods.
Some of the books detail the extravagant lifestyles of drug dealers.
Others describe the bloody violence associated with the drug trade.
The sex scenes in some of the novels are extremely explicit, and sex is often used as a form of power rather than an expression of love.
But teens and some adults insist that the content of the books doesn't change mind-sets.