Children's/YA writers often are criticized for showing reality that's not all fuzzy bunnies and sunshine. Why, though? Really, why?
To protect kids from the books? That doesn't even make sense. If they can't handle crisis from the safety of a book, then daily life will incapacitate them.
I think that's just a smokescreen, that the real reason is that these critics don't want to take responsibility for the part they play (if only through omission) in making the world this way--the good, the bad, the in-between. They feel guilty, maybe, for letting down the generation who'll inherit it all.
So rather than deal with truth--even through fiction--they condemn its telling.
Dream Dictionary from MSN Astrology. "Your guide to interpreting your dreams."