Sloane Danziger COM 410 Informal Writing #3 It is strange to think that only twelve years ago, I was buying books at book fairsand reading paperbacks as my main hobby. When I was growing up, everyone read books,of course we watched T.V. too, but books were a staple in my life as a ten year old. Theevolution from paperback books to tablets or e-books is a complex journey. In just tenshort years, paperback books became almost obsolete, and everyone started readingbooks on a tablet, phone, or e-book. In this paper I am going to discuss my favoritechildhood books, and the difference between paperbacks and the forms of books that arewidely popular now. As I have stated in class, when I was younger, a book I frequently read was theBabysitters Club series. These books were about high school girls who started a club inwhich they babysat for kids in the neighborhood. Although the books were mainly abouttheir experiences while babysitting, they also included their relationships, their familyissues, school issues, and problems amongst themselves. Since I was not yet in highschool, these books transported me to a fantasy world where I could pretend I was older,cooler, and part of their “group”. I was absolutely infatuated with the series and read anew book every month for a number of years. This series can be compared to larger themes in society as well. Since the targetaudience was girls ages 6-12, it teaches these girls about issues they will face in highschool, with families, and in society as a whole. There are certain chapters that weredevoted to the characters dating, and the stresses and issues that brought into their life, as
well as the happy times. There was one character who’s parents were going through adivorce and the book went into great detail about her family issues due to that situation. This can allow younger girls going through the same situation to relate to thefictional character and not feel alone in the process. There were also chapters thatdiscussed girls growing up, the changes that went on with the girl’s bodies, and how theirpeers judged them. These books were extremely educational to me in all of those aspectsbecause it sort of prepared me for what was yet to come and made me feel calmer andmore experiences about the situations. I have not done research on how educational this series was for girls ages 6-12 butif I had to guess, I would say it was very educational. I believe that physically holding abook, being able to flip the pages, re-read parts you don’t understand, really allows thereader to get pulled into the story and walk away with a experience when done reading.This series was a great way for young girls to learn about their teenage years as well asget caught up in a fun fictional world for a little while. The difference between books when I was younger and books now is how theyare available to people. Most people today have tablets such as a Nook or Kindle or readbooks online or on their cell phones. The paperback, hardback books have become almostobsolete, and not needed. This raises the question, is technology is helping or hurting us as a society? Ipersonally have a Nook and cannot get as wrapped up in stories while reading on that, asI can with actual books. There is something about the lighting on the Nook, and thebattery power, that makes me prefer an actual book.
On the contrary, I have heard of studies where children were given tablets in classand more children were willing to read and even had better test results after reading ontablets than they did with actual books. I assume this is because the tablet offers funfeatures and is very different from an actual book, making it an intriguing experience foryoung kids. There are many perks to tablets as well. For example, when traveling, you canload hundred of books on your tablet to read at your convenience. You don’t need to lugaround hundreds of books in your suitcase. The tablet is much more convenient. Also,tablets have a built in dictionary, so if you do not understand or recognize a word whilereading, you can quickly define it, and continue on with the story. Another advantage to the tablet is the fact that you can make notes on the side orhighlights certain parts of the story; this is good for college students who need to takenotes while studying. And the last advantage for the tablet is text size. The consumer hasthe ability to make the text as big or as small as they want to, which you obviously cannotdo with an actual, paper paged book. With all of this being said, and the technology that I have spoken about, I do notthink children are as eager to get wrapped up into a series such as Babysitters Club. Thereare so many magazines, blogs, online social media websites, and features on tablets, that Ipersonally think kids would much rather utilize than a series about being in high schooland what to expect as you are growing up. Technology has changed the way we getinformation, now a days; kids can just Google changes your body goes through, or how
to deal with relationship stress. Getting thrown into a fictional series is no longer neededor wanted. In conclusion I think that when I was younger, books were educational,informative, and a great way to pass time. But now, with the new technologies, they arenot as utilized or even needed. Children have different ways to obtain information, andreading a fictional series may not be as fun or intriguing for them, since there are so manyother outlets to choose from.