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The age to start

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Chazel1972, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    My son Ben is 14, I'd love to get him started on The Dark Tower Series. He's a fast and advanced reader and he will have no problem with the depth and breadth of the series. I hesitate though because I wonder how he'll handle the violence and what sex there is. Also once he starts with Mr. King...well we all know once you start.

    I know a lot of people start King younger. hmmmm Just me thinking aloud.

    I'd love him to read IT (he was named after Ben Hanscom). The dang group sex and gravel pit scene make me hesitate on that one.
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  2. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    You know your son. You'll guide him.
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  3. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    I have a teenage son named Ben as well! I wish I could get him to read more - he did like the Hunger Game trilogy. But to your question - I think he can handle it. I think King does a great job with intimacy - for some reason I don't recall a lot of graphic sex in DT, but the violence is certainly there.

    Unbeknownst to her, I read my mom's copy of Class Reunion by Rona Jaffe when I was 10 - whew! I learned so much.
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  4. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Once you go King, you won't wanna read no other thing! :highly_amused:
  5. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Catchy, that is.
  6. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    Thank ya, big-big, my lady!

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...I'd rather he be hooked on King than drugs, drink, loveless sex and videogame idiocy...if he's an older soul in a younger body, nothing on the road to the Tower should be a hinderance...
  8. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    I tend to agree but he's an innocent boy, the books will be there for him when he's ready. I think I'll hold off on suggesting. He will be glad once he gets started though, he cried when the Harry Potter Series ended, as though there would never be anything else to read...little does he know. He plowed through Eyes of the Dragon :)
  9. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    Kingricefan wins the internet!
  10. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    I think Wizard and Glass is the one I'm thinking is the most heavy on the sex, but I agree, it's not gratuitous for the most part, it's part of the story. He was reading Catch-22 and said "Hey mom there's a lot of sex in this book I'm not sure I should be reading it" and he set it aside. Strangely I don't worry so much about the violence or language because I think between killing zombies and riding a school bus, he's been "exposed". I guess I could do worse than having Roland lead the way.
    PS: Yea for Sons named Ben
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  11. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

    Funny you mention the school bus - we had an issue just a couple weeks ago - school bus fighting, and I've just opted to pick him up the rest of the year. Our kids certainly see more violence than I ever remember seeing. My Ben is so gentle and sweet.
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  12. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    Yea the school bus has to be the third circle of hell. Mine now gets a ride to and from school with his sister who is a Senior, next year he's back to the bus, he'll be so spoiled.

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...if you're hesitant, then get him The Girl who Loved Tom Gordon...
  14. Shasta

    Shasta On his shell he holds the earth.

    I started reading the Gunslinger at age eight. I'm relatively well adjusted.
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  15. AchtungBaby

    AchtungBaby Well-Known Member

    I started reading SK at age 13. Let him go for it!
  16. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    You sure can come up with them kingricefan - great imagination :pride: :love:
  17. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    i started reading SK at 14, but i was reading Freddy Forysth books at 8 and it didn't bother me. i say let him read sK, did sk make you happy?. it will make him and anyway reading the dark tower series is a lot better then hanging out at the pool hall, drinking or smoking. Let him read them.
  18. taylor29

    taylor29 Well-Known Member

    Maybe it's weird for you to guide him to a specific book since you're his mom -- "Hey, son, why don't read Gerald's Game?" might be awkward --but SK is not terribly graphic for the most part, I don't think. Kids today are exposed to a lot worse and SK handles it as a mature adult would, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
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  19. booklover72

    booklover72 very strange person

    Correct Taylor, his sex scences aren't as graphic as say Wilbur Smith and They ARE GRAPHIC. james herber is a little bit graphic. But steve's are mild. you have a point everything there is sex sex, the papers have women/male models in skimpy clothes. TV is as bad. i think it is ok for him to read sk maybe not Gerald's game, but say needful things or salemn's lot.
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  20. HPMcClendon

    HPMcClendon Well-Known Member

    I started reading King at age 11. My Mother had me wait to read Gerald's Game and Needful Things but gave me full range otherwise. My first books were The Skeleton Crew, Eye of the Dragon and Misery. I loved them. My daughter showed an interest and started reading King just last year, age 14. She started with The Shining and Carrie. I think it is up to the individual what the right time and right reading material is. Guided by reading suggestions or not, King is a good decision for many young readers.

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