Henry James and the Great Y.A. Debate - The New Yorker -
I shouldn’t even be taking the time to do this, because books to finish. So instead of a proper response to this latest essay in this the summer of discontent about YA, a comment I dashed off in a Facebook discussion about it:
I’ll admit I read some of this more carefully than the rest… BUT it’s hard for me not to notice that of the works mentioned by women in this piece, we have Harry Potter and the Hunger Games (not that their authors are worth mentioning by name! but tellingly the author of TFiOS is) and The Goldfinch, none treated particularly well here. Oh, and a glancing namecheck of Edith Wharton.
Intended or not, it implies a certain type of work gets the literary stamp of approval and, oh well, it just happens to often be by men — and actually, while I thought AO Scott went a little crazy with his “the patriarchy is dead” point (really? tell that to Congress), at least he acknowledged that there is a gender component here. YA is still primarily written and read by women and girls. And so, it’s ruining the culture, making adults into babies, etc. It’s the under-symphony of all these pieces that I can’t mute. Perhaps, perhaps, it actually is providing something that is harder to find in other areas of the market and that’s one of the reasons it’s gotten so popular.
It’s also noteworthy to me that most of the spirited and more convincing essays I’ve seen on this topic this year are by female critics. It doesn’t hurt that most of them also seem to read the stuff.
But really: Go read The Rejectionist on this, because she did have time for an essay and it made me stand on my effing desk.
I’ve been going through my physical reader letters slowly this week, trying to diminish the pile (guiltily: I am answering letters mailed to me back in November), and I noticed that a lot of them said “PLEASE never stop writing!” I always sort of smiled and thought, yay that’s nice but also why…
Maggie Stiefvater lays down some reality of publishing and writing truth. Publishing: terrifying and chancy!
Don’t forget about the UNTOLD twitter chat going on today on Twitter! Come cry with us as we wait (impatiently) for UNMADE’s release ;)
(warning: SPOILERS for The Turn of the Story AND Wings in the Morning by Sarah Rees Brennan)
Aw, this is lovely fanart (LOVE THE WINGS!), and we were just talking about who I shipped yesterday. ;) Thank you for making a beauteous creation!
As a male writer, do you feel your work distracts from your traditional role of hunting and killing wild animals? — (via jetpackexhaust)
Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:
1. She is not crazy.
2. Her mother was murdered.
3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.
As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her–so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door who is keeping an eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.
Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her unpretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace–no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do.
Her past has come back to hunt her … and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world all stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.
Official cover AND back cover copy AND a two chapter excerpt?! Oh happy day!
All Fall Down: an Embassy Row novel, coming January 27, 2015.
quimtrees said: I'm coming to your book signing event at McNally Jackson Books on October 28, do we have to pay to get it or anything?
No, no, we are just delighted to have you!
As ever with events, buying a book if people can is a lovely way to say ‘hey bookshop thanks for having us’ but if you can’t/already have the books/carrying a book home seems hassle/don’t wish to for whatever reason that is fine.
Y’all are welcome as flowers in May. I will sign anything. Faces, my fellow authors… love signing stuff.
Plus I am quite excited. I have not done a signing in New York in years. I love New York! Thank you for coming! I will see you there! I hope to see others there too but if not it’s cool, we’ll hang out. ;)
Kelly Link among many fabulous others will be there. Really we should just sit back and listen to Kelly but don’t worry because I will be talking because I ALWAYS DO and it is scandalous. I will talk about Monstrous Affections and Turn of the Story and the Lynburn Legacy and other people’s books and stories and maybe I will retell a book I read on the plane.
*flings doors of heart and bookshop open* COME TO ME.
*readers look apprehensive* That’s understandable. No, I get it…
iwantasuperwholockurl said: Does Elliot and Luke have a ship name? This is really important to my well-being.
I think it’s Lelliot. I also recall Lerene and Serenalot (which squooshed Elliot’s name for beauty purposes I presume)! I also maybe remember Daluke?
But I leave this open to you all because I think the readers/watchers always come up with ship names and that is the way things should be. I mean, I don’t think Brad and Angelina or their parents came up with Brangelina. (*thinks about whether my mother would…* I don’t think I wanna think about what my mother would do if I was famous anymore!)
I think that said naming is for them, because it is their choice what to ship, and it is my place simply to be joyful if they care about the characters and their relationships enough to have a ship. ;)
After all, with ships you don’t know if I ship it too until the end. I shouldn’t get to pick. You don’t know if I’m responsible yet…
I’m ready for #Unmade by @sarahreesbrenna next Tuesday! Bring it on!
I just think this is SUCH GOOD PREPARING.