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Thursday, September 03, 2009



This year's Simon Pulse Blogfest hasn't started yet, but it will soon--YAY!

In other news, I decided to clean out my fridge (why yes, I am having trouble writing--what on earth gave it away???) and let me tell you, I should have left it alone. I like to think I know what's in there but here's the thing--I don't. Or at least I somehow managed to forget the cucumber my husband had cut and wrapped up for later use that had turned into--well, let's just say it was unpleasant and leave it at that. So I guess I need to be more vigilant about the fridge.

Or never look too closely in it again.

I may go for that second option.

And, of course, I come bearing links:

Lev Grossman wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal about how good novels don't have to be hard. It got so much reaction (mostly negative) that he wrote a follow-up piece which appears here.

I especially enjoyed reading what he had to say about Stephenie Meyer, who I am so, so tired of seeing maligned. "Obviously there are a lot of things the Twilight books do, and don’t do, that you can point to and say, good books do/don't do those things, therefore the Twilight books are ass. But -- hear me out -- millions of people love them. All those millions of people might be idiots or have bad taste. But I think it’s kinda intellectually lazy to say that. Meyer is doing something very very well, or at least giving people something they really really want, and I don’t think we have a good critical vocabulary yet for talking about what that something is. But I'm interested in it.

To which I say he--and you--and I--absolutely should be interested. Why? Well, in simple terms, she sells a lot of books. A LOT. And that DOES mean something, even if you don't want it to.

And second, for every single time a popular author like her is put down or dismissed, another new or midlist author gets a book deal thanks to all the books she's sold, which gives publishers money to take chances.

So even though she'll never read this, thank you Stephenie, for all the books you've written--not just for all the enjoyment they've provided for millions (and I do mean *millions*) of people, but because of how they've proven that young adult novels can and do reach all kinds of readers. (And because you make it possible for writers like me to be published!)

Moving on, here's a publishing situation I've never heard of--and neither had the author!

Author Devon Monk on Five Easy Steps

Dealing with book piracy

What makes a successful writer?

Super cute--and interesting--blog post about how and where some YA writers work

Yes, covers DO makes a difference

YA Powerhouse Ellen Hopkins on Writing Righteous -- "More worrisome is the idea that an author who writes swear words is not a good role model, or is somehow a bad influence on their readers. First of all, today's teens don't live in a vacuum. They want books that speak to their own experience. A YA author has no business jumping up on a pedestal, hollering, "Look at me. This is how you want to be. No, not like that. Like me!" Didacticism has no place in YA, or IMHO any children's literature."

3 Comments:

Blogger iamliterate said...

I may not be a huge Twilight fan, but I definitely love her books for their ability to get millions of people to pick up books who wouldn't do so otherwise. My room mate, who hasn't read a book outside of school since she was nine, loved the Twilight books. Since then she has been reading more than I've seen her before.

September 03, 2009 12:03 PM  
Blogger Alea said...

You always point us towards great links thanks! Loved the one about covers! I'm all about that 3 Willows cover though!

September 03, 2009 1:31 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

What's the Simon Pulse blogfest? I've never heard of it before.

I agree with your thoughts on Stephenie Meyer. Her books have gotten a lot of people into reading.

September 03, 2009 6:53 PM  

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