How to tell if you're a Teen Reader

Look, I know it's worrying. But some of your friends and family think you might be expressing some symptoms of . . . teen readership. Please don't panic, it's perfectly normal, but if you do experience positive diagnosis, you'll need to change your lifestyle a little.

The first thing worth remembering is that those with teen reader syndrome do not just like and read books. They have a tendency to write or talk about them endlessly, and often refer to the characters and plots as if they are real. In addition, they often browse social media, exchanging little-known facts about the books with other sufferers, as well as reading and writing "Fan Fiction".

Now, it's entirely possible that we're wrong. I just need you to answer a few questions, so that we can know for sure what's happening:

Think back to the last time you read a book. Did you read it for pleasure?
Okay, fine. A lot of those who are unaffected read 'because they feel like it'. It's just an indicator, that's all.

Do you 'ship' characters that didn't get together in the real books, films or TV shows (such as Luna / Neville from Harry Potter), or create alternate endings for yourself if you didn't like what really happened?

Ah. It might be worse than I thought. Never mind - there's no need to panic!

When shipping characters, do you use relationship names? Examples include Luneville (Luna / Neville) and Sherlolly (Sherlock / Molly from Sherlock).

Maybe we might need to panic now.

Okay, I'm going to be straight with you. All your answers to these questions were teen reader positive.


I'm a teen reader too - the clue's in the blog name. In fact, most of the people who read this it are. Reading is awesome - why shouldn't you start the obsession young?

Can any of you think of any other 'teen reader indicators'? Share in the comments!
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