Publisher: Teenagers need more sci-fi books

Youth apathy towards reading among teenagers accounts for lack of a juvenile literature, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan, a literary critic, chief editor of the Antares publishing house, told media.

According to him, the interest that exists towards children’s literature decreases in a higher age group, because there is no appropriate local literature.

“In the Soviet times we were reading books that had obvious ideological bias, since independence our literature has become extremely serious, few people (Edward Militonian, Vrezh Israelian) used to write for children,” he said.

Nikoghosian said that although the gap is now filled to some extent, and there are translations of books for young people, in particular the Compass series published by Antares, seven or eight books by the Zangak publication house, but there are still things to do.

“It is very important to offer respective literature to modern youth’s mentality. The books that seemed interesting to us may sound primitive for today’s youth. The book reality should remind us of the world around,” he said.

He said that he wants to see works of the science fiction genre a lot.

“I call on our writers to write in this genre, but unfortunately, today we don’t have our Harry Potter. Many refuse on the grounds that it is the most difficult genre, because besides imagination knowledge in various fields is needed,” said Nikoghosyan.