Jim Weiss

Throwing Light on the Dark Side: Good vs. Evil in Contemporary Youth Literature

By: Jim Weiss


Literature both mirrors and shapes a culture’s view of good and evil. Whether in the ancient sources of all Western literature – the Bible, and the fiction of Greek mythology – or in the latest young adult novels or contemporary films, evil shows itself in the same recognizable guises. In this stimulating session, Jim Weiss shines a light on the “Dark Side” to reveal and identify the masks that evil wears in literature and in real life, providing a vocabulary parents can use in discussing healthy life choices with our families. Spoiler Alert: Jim will refer to some of the most popular, recent book series as examples.