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Realistic teenage fiction with a sexrelated theme: Readers’ responses to Slinger-slinger by Francois Bloemhof

M.N. Wiggill, G.F. de Wet
Literator | Vol 25, No 3 | a271 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/lit.v25i3.271 | © 2004 M.N. Wiggill, G.F. de Wet | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 July 2004 | Published: 31 July 2004

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M.N. Wiggill, Ferdinand Postma Library, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa
G.F. de Wet, Department of Communication, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Francois Bloemhof submitted his novel for teenagers, “Slinger-slinger” for the Sanlam competition for youth fiction in 1996. Eventually this prizewinner in the beginners’ category was published in 1997. The main theme of “Slinger-slinger” is the sexual awakening and identity of teenagers.

A study was undertaken to obtain the opinions of teenage readers about the success of “Slinger-slinger” as a whole, as well as to gauge the success of integrating sexual aspects in this novel. The study also served to obtain information about the reading needs of teenage readers with regard to realistic teenage fiction and teenage fiction with a sex-related theme.

The findings of the study underlying this article indicated that the participating teenage readers regarded “Slinger-slinger” as successful and interesting, and that they would like to read more realistic Afrikaans teenage fiction such as “Slinger-slinger”.


Reader Reception; Teenagers; Youth; Young Adults; Adolescents; Reading Preferences And Reading Needs Of Teenagers; Sex; Sexual Abuse; Homosexuality In Youth Fiction


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