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A year ago I posted about a YA manuscript that was getting a certain kind of negative response from agents - basically, some said they would be interested IF a certain (gay) character's POV and references to his sexuality were removed.

But this saga has a happy ending: the manuscript has been picked up by Viking press, gay characters intact!

Details and a description of the book are in that post, but I wanted to highlight this part:
Sherwood and I wanted to write something fun and exciting, with adventure and romance and mutant powers and martial arts and a vivid sense of place. And we wanted it to be about the people who are so often left out of those sorts of books: Latinos and African-Americans, Jews and Asian-Americans, gay boys and lesbian girls, multiracial teenagers and teenagers with physical and mental disabilities. We didn't do this to fulfill some imaginary quota, but because we wanted to write about teenagers like the real ones we know, the real ones in Los Angeles, the real ones we were.

...

Stranger is a post-apocalyptic adventure, not an issue novel. But all stories have their genesis somewhere, and for me, it was my wish to say, "It's okay. You're okay. You'll get better. You'll make friends. You'll fall in love. You can be a hero." I hope it finds its way to the people to whom it will speak.


A scifi/fantasy story... with a cast that looks a lot like everyday life. A story with gay main characters that's not "about" being gay, but instead says this is normal, too.
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One of the books I've been waiting for came in yesterday. So of course, when I got home from work, I decided to open it up, and read maybe the first chapter or two...

Spent the rest of the evening in a book coma ^^;.

Which I would've known would happen, if I'd stopped to think about it. It was worth it, though; the book (How to Ditch your Fairy) is a quick read and very, very charming. The best kind of YA fluff. (Which was a nice change, considering the last book I read was Twilight.)

On the down side, that means I didn't get any schoolwork done yesterday. I spent most of the day today at work, so no schoolwork is getting done tonight, either. I'm going to have to chain myself to the computer or something tomorrow (though I can't do much about that internet distraction, damnitall). Oh, and I work part of Saturday and all of Sunday, too (I'm not complaining, I need the hours).

Twilight

Feb. 2nd, 2009 06:44 pm
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I finished Twilight this morning. It's ... cute. And yeah, I can see why it's so popular with teenage girls. But I kept finding myself reading like a writer. I'm not sure exactly why. But if the story can't grab me and keep me reading like a reader, then the book's not doing its job.

It really does read like Mary-Sue fanfiction. Which I think is part of its appeal. What teenage girl doesn't want to be Bella, the awkward nobody who suddenly becomes OMGPOPULAR and has Mr. Gorgeous Vampire falling all over her? I felt like I was reading one of my teenage fantasies (except for the popularity part; that sounds more like a nightmare). Problem is, most of the fantasies I had as a teenager wouldn't make for good writing. The book was a little too heavy on the wish fulfillment for my tastes.

And, I'm sorry, but I can't take the sparkling thing seriously. I like for there to be logic behind my fantasy, and that smacks of nothing more than "Oooh, wouldn't that be cool??" Why the hell would they sparkle?

Will I read the rest of the series? Eh... my reading list is already a mile long.

Books

Dec. 15th, 2008 10:44 am
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Finally finished Jane Eyre. It only took me all semester, ha ^_^;;. I quite enjoyed it, but I'm glad I didn't have to read it in high school, because the teenage me would never have gotten through it.

It occurred to me - while I was trying to think of what next to read - that right now might be a good time to finally read Twilight, since I'm between semesters. But then I remembered that the hold list at the library is about a mile long. The Link+ system doesn't have any available, either. I'm not going to buy it, so I guess I either need to find someone to borrow it from.... or I wait. I'm in no great hurry for sparkly vampires.

I picked up an ARC of a book that looked amusing, anyway. I'll read that first.
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My mom was actually caught by surprise by the events toward the end of Half-Blood Prince. Usually I'm the clueless one, and I thought the foreshadowing there was really bloody obvious. Or maybe I've just gotten more jaded and cynical when it comes to the Harry Potter books; she seems to be getting more out of the last 3 books than I did.

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