My name is Briony Richards. I'm your typical 13 year old teenager- I like listening to bands, such as The Wanted, I like chocolate, and I like sleeping! But I've never owned a PlayStation, or an Xbox. Even the family Nintendo Wii is used less than once a week. My Bookcase is the biggest piece of furniture in my bedroom, and reading is one of my favourite hobbies. My main obsession is The Hunger Games. I'm more 'War and Peace' than 'Modern Warfare 2'.
See, my generation are constantly being told that we are lazy, illiterate, not creative and boring. However, I know that lots of people I know would sooner read and discuss The Hunger Games than talk to each other about Minecraft, or World of Warcraft. Although some of our generation are more interested in computer games, a larger percentage of us are more into Divergent and Percy Jackson. And think about Twilight and Harry Potter! How big a success were they?
If we are so uninterested about books, then how come Twilight, The Hunger Games and Harry Potter were such big success' as films? They were all books at some point, and surely, they will have to have been hugely popular with children and teens for them to have even been considered to be made into films. And how come reading and writing sites such as Movellas are so very popular?
If people are going to keep complaining about our supposed lack of interest in literature, then why isn't something done about it? Why aren't the government holding a scheme to get us more eager? And why do Parents keep giving their children games consoles, and later complaining that they don't read enough? It's not our fault if we are born into a world obsessed with technology and gaming. It's not our fault if we are not encouraged to read enough.
"I read a lot, like Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and loads more! I hate being compared like that!" Says Amy, 13.
"I read about three hours a day, and have read over one hundred books, compared to my one and a half hour maximum computer usage a day. We aren't the technological generation. We are the misjudged one." Says Ollie, 13.
"I read loads more than I play video games. I don't even own a games console, other than a very old Nintendo DS. I think the amount our generation play video games is vastly overestimated. I think that books are, and always will be, more popular" Says Flo, 13.
We're not as illiterate as you might first think. Yes, some of us play video games. Yes, some of us may not enjoy reading books as much as others do. But what do you expect with the world we live in today? You can't move for smartphones and laptops, cameras and mobile phones. It's hard to live nowadays without these gadgets. But we still manage to make time to read a book! Don't Judge us on the minority who don't read. Judge us on the rest of us- the ones that do read. The ones that enjoy reading! And the ones that hate living in a society where we are constantly being branded as technological, useless and the PlayStation Nation.
By Briony Richards, 13.