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    in the jewish magazines that are widely circulated there seems to be a tendency to have serial stories written. i happen to think its is a great idea because it gets people to buy the mag again the next week.

    however ive noticed that these stories tend to be stories of divorce, psychological issues, adoption, shalom bayis issues, and other such problems that i dont think should be the source of klal yisraels childrens entertainment.

    it scares people and gives off the impression that it is more common than it is in reality.

    why cant little kids, teenagers , and even adults have something normal to read as opposed to reading about tzarros and dysfunctionalitie??

    #914826

    Torah613Torah
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    People love reading about other people’s problems.

    #914827

    Mammele
    Participant

    The idea is overcoming adversity. The stories used to be lost and found children, literally or back to yiddishkeit, but this storyline became too predictable. Happily ever after can’t be the basis of a long saga, and even for an ending we now have stories that don’t really finish – supposedly to engage the reader even after the story is over by forcing them to think. I hate thinking ; ) and love happy endings – I guess I’m in the minority nowadays.

    However, I don’t think kids are fooled about real life from these stories. They have friends, family and neighbors to base their perceptions of life on, mostly positive, some sad.

    #914828

    WolfishMusings
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    Stories need to have conflict. A story where everything goes well for everyone and nobody suffers any adversity is a very boring story.

    The Wolf

    #914829

    Poster
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    There is a certain mag that I buy, mainly for he serial. These serials have to be interesting enough, suspensful, somewhat real life to capture the audience. There have been serials in the past that I started reading and then stopped following if they didnt interest me. So the magazines need to write about whatever it takes to pull an audience.

    #914830

    granted this may be the only way to get people to keep reading the story and people wont read stories that are all blissful but i think its better to not have these stories than to have the whole klal yisroel reading about parents that dont like their kids and shalom bayis isssues and fighting and going to psychologists and tales of adoption

    why do these authors feel the need to publicize all dysfunctionalities

    #914831

    Poster
    Member

    Makes pple appreciate their own lives.

    #914832

    TheGoq
    Participant

    The OP is right lets go back to the usual demonizing of goyim.

    #914833

    the goq- i think you missed the point just a teensy bit

    poster- thats a terrible svara and ppl shudnt have to read abt dysfunctionalities just to appreciate their own lives

    #914834

    MDG
    Participant

    “why cant little kids, teenagers , and even adults have something normal to read as opposed to reading about tzarros and dysfunctionalitie??”

    Because trash sells. Unfortunately, it also influences.

    Goq – LOL 🙂

    #914835

    Thank you + chayav inish livisumay!

    Finally, someone else hears the cry…

    Every shabbos im left feeling ill after reading the magazines making you wonder if really, are there no more balanced people left? (forget their yom tov supplements total nausea)

    sometime I feel the magazine is a brochure from a psychiatrist waiting room with all the stories there…

    When people submit letters about this matter to the editors they claim that people in the frum world need to be aware of these situation (panic disorder, abuse, addiction … 🙂 )since they are more frequent these days.

    But why dear editors expose normal kids / adults to such awful situations especially when the magazine is designed for mainly shabbos reading

    where are all the writers imagination flaying to? they need to be stopped and stapled back into reality ASAP

    They are swiping us up in their freaky imagination brain and we are slowly getting convinced that every family has at least one member suffering from some disorder or a divorce ( and every divorce by them is terrible forgetting that by some it’s a big mazel tov).

    I hope dear magazine editors and writers you read this thread!

    and up your socks

    #914836

    sometime I feel the magazine is a brochure from a psychiatrist waiting room with all the stories there…

    it happens to be that one of the authors of these stories, husband is a psychologist

    #914837

    welcome back chayav!

    you’re the man (or woman?)

    #914838

    brisket
    Participant

    These stories are popular because A) things like divorce, mental disorders actually happen and most mainstream frum media never make any mention of it. This makes it “new and exciting” to readers. B) Stories that are realistic strike a chord in the reader that allows them to connect to the story and the characters. Can you really get into a nuclear physicist turned Ba’al teshuva who is the only one around who is able to stop a large scale terrorist attack on the population all while battling shidduch issues.

    As for should it be counted as frum reading material I don’t believe it’s healthy to read so many stories with a “happily ever after” ending. Throughout our history we have always faced tzaros and often didn’t have perfect ending, but what’s always kept us strong was that we believed in H”BH and made do as best as possible. If a story can impart that on a reader I can’t see why it wouldn’t be good reading material.

    #914839

    dr dovvshtein long time no see i thought you retired from the cr

    but seriously whats ur opinion on the matter

    #914840

    Can you really get into a nuclear physicist turned Ba’al teshuva who is the only one around who is able to stop a large scale terrorist attack on the population all while battling shidduch issues.

    Thats what th jewish novels r like and i have no problem with them my poblem is with the stories centering arund personl issues

    #914841

    Loyal Jew
    Member

    The Chofetz Chaim assured fiction because it koshers loshon hora. Enough said.

    #914842

    brisket
    Participant

    Really? I’ve never heard that before, but even so it seems that rov haolam doesn’t hold that way.

    #914843

    zahavasdad
    Participant

    The Chofetz Chaim assured fiction because it koshers loshon hora. Enough said.

    There is an opinion in the Gemorah that Iyov never happend (It was a work of ficton).

    #914844

    RABBAIM
    Participant

    Let the children stick to the sections made for them

    #914845

    RABBAIM- these stories r meant for the children

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