Do BHS students enjoy teen-targeted entertainment?

Young adult books have had incredible success and popularity within recent years. In fact, most young adult movies are adapted from books.

Young adult books have had incredible success and popularity within recent years. In fact, most young adult movies are adapted from books.

Nearly every BHS student has read a young adult book or watched a movie that was made for teens. All BHS sophomores are required to read The Catcher in the Rye, and many students watch or read other teen entertainment by choice. However, within the last few years, the young adult genre has changed its ‘formula’ when successful movies and book created for young adults and teens took off. With movies and books such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, and the Percy Jackson series, the entertainment industry has recently found enormous potential and success in young adult entertainment.

According to CinemaScore, on the release of the movie The Hunger Games, young adults under the age 18 made up the largest demographic at 39 percent of the viewer base. Although 39 percent is a significant percentage of a viewer base, teen entertainment is not universally enjoyed by teens.

Students at BHS share mixed opinions—some enjoy teen entertainment, some enjoy parts of it, and some do not like teen or young adult en

Nearly every BHS student has read a young adult book or watched a movie that was made for teens. All BHS sophomores are required to read The Catcher in the Rye, and many students watch or read other teen entertainment by choice. However, within the last few years, the young adult genre has changed its ‘formula’ when successful movies and book created for young adults and teens took off. With movies and books such as The Hunger Games, Divergent, and the Percy Jackson series, the entertainment industry has recently found enormous potential and success in the young adult genre.

According to CinemaScore, on the release of the movie The Hunger Games, young adults under the age 18 made up the largest demographic at 39 percent of the viewer base. Although 39 percent is a significant percentage of a viewer base, teen entertainment is not universally enjoyed by teens.

Students at BHS share mixed opinions—some enjoy teen entertainment, some enjoy parts of it, and some do not like entertainment geared towards teens at all.

Sophomore Andrew Cummings found that entertainment geared towards teens “stereotypes teens and plays off of [these stereotypes] in an attempt to garner mass appeal.” Yet, he also mentioned that “At the same time, they do make a lot of money, particularly from our demographic, so in the end, I guess their strategies work.”

However, many teens enjoy the different genres, movies and books that star teens as opposed to adults, like most other books and movies. For example, freshmen Laura Ehrlich said that she enjoys the young adult genre but particularly books about dystopian societies, which is a very popular genre of teen entertainment.

“It’s interesting and makes you think about the possibilities,” Ehrlich said.

Teen entertainment is often used as a platform for dystopian or alternate history because it is popular among teens. The young adult genre is home to lots of genres that are not widely explored outside of it, which is part of its appeal. To some, the fact that the entertainment is geared towards young adults is irrelevant. After all, according to CinemaScore, 61 percent of the viewer base are not under the age of 18. Overall, teen entertainment is widely enjoyed but not by all teens.tertainment at all.

Sophomore Andrew Cummings found that entertainment geared towards teens “stereotypes teens and plays off of [these stereotypes] in an attempt to garner mass appeal.” Yet, he also mentioned that “At the same time, they do make a lot of money, particularly from our demographic, so in the end, I guess their strategies work.”

However, many teens enjoy the different genres, movies and books that star teens as opposed to adults, like most other books and movies. For example, freshmen Laura Ehrlich said that she enjoyed young adult entertainment but particularly books about dystopian societies, which is a very popular genre of teen entertainment.

“It’s interesting and makes you think about the possibilities,” Ehrlich said.

Teen entertainment is often used as a platform for dystopian or alternate history because it is popular among teens. Young adult entertainment is home to lots of genres that are not widely explored outside of it, which is part of its appeal. To some, the fact that the entertainment is geared towards young adults is irrelevant. After all, according to CinemaScore, 61 percent of the viewer base are not under the age of 18. Overall, teen entertainment is widely enjoyed but not by all teens.

Posted on February 20, 2017 .