Today, you see that people are really into technology, there are laptops, iPods, iPads, Tablets, and phones that can do basically anything a computer can do. You’ve seen how it changed the face of books, how they’re turned into eBooks and how the publication process is done pretty quickly online. But what would you think about books that are about the internet and technology.
As more and more books are published per year, more and more of them are turning to the topic of technology, which makes it more likely that teenagers would read, because they have stories that they would be able to relate to. Books such as Tweetheart, TTYL, and Top 8 have to do with Twitter, IMs, and a social networking site like Facebook and MySpace respectively. Each book tells a story of different set of characters and how things move on through Tweets/IMs/and status updates, much like how teenagers communicate today.
But they also bring up one main thing that people can learn about as well as to help prevent; cyber bullying. In Top 8 as well as Tweetheart, the main character deals with their profiles being hacked and having mean things being said about them and their secrets being spilled, and in Tweetheart, the guy that the main character is talking to, may not be who she thinks he is. Recently there have been many cases of cyber bullying (and bullying in general) and it keeps getting worse. I can’t go a day without hearing a story about someone that is in their early teens that committed suicide due to cyber bullying. And while those stories usually don’t have a happy ending, I enjoy reading Tweetheart, TTYL, and Top 8 because they have a happy ending for those people that have been cyber bullied and it’s how everyone’s story should end.
You may not see how the two ideas can be linked together, fiction books about social networking sites and cyber bullying, to the untrained eye they seem like they are two completely different things. But reading those three books about it, having gone through cyber bullying myself, and reading all of the news articles about those that have committed suicide due to it, people should know that it does get better and that they shouldn’t give up their life too soon. In ten years, maybe even two years, it’s not going to matter who were the popular ones in school, it’s not going to matter who wore what, what matters is what you think of yourself.
One day, I’m going to write a book (or I guess it would be a memoir) about my experiences in cyber bullying and how I dealt with it and got over it so I can help those that are going through the same thing. It’s something that needs to be stopped.