Author Diane Sylvan wasn’t too happy with the negative feedback she’s getting for her second urban fantasy/romance novel, Shadowflame. When she chose to have the “hero” of her series cheat on his new wife, Miranda, little did Sylvan know she’d be seeing plenty of unhappy fans that just don’t want to read about infidelity. Dear Author has more.
But IS it Dystopia?
Ready to ride the YA Dystopia fiction wave? Not sure if the one you’ve picked up is really dystopia? Now you can reference this handy poster! Thanks, Abundance of Books!
Save the Yancey Worked!
Author Rick Yancey’s Monstrumology series was in danger of cancellation by his publisher, but they’ve since changed their minds. Good show, fans and bloggers who wrote in to protest!
DOOOOOMED! Or Are They?
An interesting perspective on the “death of books”.
U.S. Tropes Previal
Author Kate Elliott linked a LiveJournal piece by Aliette de Bodard “On the prevalence of US tropes in storytelling”, a subject I confess I probably didn’t notice was so prevalent because I myself am an average American who is used to seeing things revolve around, well…America. Truthfully I’d have to look around my home a lot harder to see if I’ve been deliberately blind to this when it comes to what I read or watch on TV and in the movies. On the other hand, I think it’s a shame that media and such now seems to have contributed to painting most of America as if it’s not interested in other locals or histories or cultures. Because this simply isn’t true. Plenty of us love to read about/watch material that isn’t strictly U.S.-centric. What, I’m going to automatically turn away material that isn’t 100% red-blooded American? Hardly.
Is YA Too Girly? The NY Times Thinks So.
Aja Romano wrote a piece for the Mary Sue rebutting the NY Times’ stance that YA books are too girly. I have to say I agree with her and find it hypocritical that no one has a problem or sees potential problems with girls reading fiction that is perceived to be more boyish or manly, but books supposedly seen as girly can’t be enjoyed by boys and in fact hurts the chances of young boys reading. Why the double standard?
I am THE last person to have this blog make itself known to me, but in case anyone’s trying to usurp my position as The Last Saddest Person Ever, check out The Bloggess. I am now addicted. Thanks, Dreaming in Books, for the heads up! I broke my record for rendering myself utterly useless because I couldn’t stop laughing.
A helpful list of Posts I Think Are AwesomeSauceSupreme:
I am the worst mother in the world (A link via her blog where she blogs more and plays with bears.)
If you start with those, or likely any of her posts, you too will be amazed into a state of wide-eyed thrall before you begin to laugh uncontrollably and feel compelled to spread the linkage as well. It’s a spell. A wicked spell. Which is how we like it.
Jedi Kittehs Are Awesomesauce
IT’s kittehs. And light sabers. And kittehs! And LIGHT SABERS!