Hey Everyone! I'm back from vacation! Here's the news from the past couple of days - so, some of it you may have read, but here you go regardless!
Well, it seems I missed some awesome controversy while I was gone, doesn't it? This #YAsaves debacle lit up my feeds when I finally got access to the internet back. Here's some choice articles/posts to review (sorry if this is old hat to all of you - brand new to me :):
- "Darkness Too Visible" by Meghan Cox Gourdon - the original op-ed piece from The Wall Street Journal that kicked off the whole controversy. Eh, what can I say? E.G.O. (everyone's got opinions). To tell you the truth, my biggest annoyance was that she labeled 'boy' books and 'girl' books on the side panel - I don't mean to be nitpicky, but I always think that's a bit harmful. Why wouldn't Fahrenheit 451 be a suggestion for girl as much as for a boy? Also, that 13-year old's mom couldn't have looked very hard if she couldn't find anything apropos for her daughter. Sheesh.
- I loved this sensible reaction in the WSJ blog, Speakeasy, by Christopher John Farley: "Should Young Adult Books Explore Difficult Issues?" and this one from The Guardian: "Don't censor teen fiction"
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian author Sherman Alexie penned this response, also for Speakeasy: "Why the Best Kids Books Are Written in Blood".
- I thought this was an interesting reaction from Alan Jacobs from the blog Text Patterns: "YA Saves!" Be sure to check out the discussion in the comments below.
- From The NewYorker's blog The Book Bench: "#YAsaves: A Tale of Hastaggery".
- From Salon.com: "Has young adult fiction become too dark?". Ha, there's some great lines in this one!
- From Publishers Weekly: "Young Adult Fiction Is Not All Doom and Gloom Josie Leavitt" and "Are Teen Novels Dark and Depraved — or Saving Lives?"
- Great one from Diane Duane's blog, Out of Ambit: "The Eyes in the Peacock’s Tail".
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, But Fun to Recall". Here's an excerpt, "This week, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers launched a similar Web site, with a literary bent: the Why We Broke Up Project. The project is designed to promote a January 2012 release with a 125,000-copy initial print run: Why We Broke Up, a novel giving the backstory to two high schoolers’ break-up, written in epistolary form by Daniel Handler (of Lemony Snicket fame), and illustrated by Maira Kalman."
Evan Daugherty to Adapt Young Adult Novel DIVERGENT for Summit".
Five questions for 'Sisterhood' author Ann Brashares".
First Look At Emma Watson On The Perks Of Being A Wallflower Set".