A writer on what makes YA.
if there is one truism of successful Y.A., it’s that the book’s unrelenting emphasis must be on character and event, and not the brilliance of the author’s viewpoint. For me it was a humbling experience, trying to shed the essential narcissism of my writer’s project because my teen readers wouldn’t tolerate it. But on crawling out on the other side, I saw that what Y.A. novels value above all else is storytelling. It took me even longer to realize that that needn’t lessen a book’s complexity — it just prioritizes the reader’s experience. Ultimately, if there’s a refrain I hear from the many adults turning to Y.A., it’s not that the books are any simpler. They’re just more pleasurable.
Feedback can be good but it can homogenize what you’re trying to do. … Constant feedback isn’t adding any value for the person who is trying to find out for herself and himself who they are … Which is a really solitary and iterative process.
But when you stand in the library and you are surrounded by those stacks of all of those thousands of volumes of texts of things that you know nothing about, written in languages that you cannot decipher, on topics you can barely fathom, it is humbling. Standing in a library reminds us of our own limitations. It encourages us to remember that we don’t know everything, can’t predict every outcome, and don’t even know all the right questions to ask.
Melissa Harris-Perry commencement speech at Wellesley College, 2012
REBLOG x a million. I work at Wellesley in the library and heard Ms. Harris-Perry’s speech in person. She was amazing and inspiring and, if you don’t follow her work, you should.
Some photos that show the process of editing ALLEGIANT. Katherine Tegen uses lots of paper — print-outs and post-its.
Veronica Roth referred to the draft as DETERGENT until the final title, ALLEGIANT, was announced.
You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.
Junot Diaz - on cultural representation in our world (via eshusplayground)
Women have historically critiqued and challenged their subordinate role. In 248 ce, a Vietnamese peasant woman, Trieu Thi Trinh, told her brother that: “My wish is to ride the tempest, tame the waves, kill the sharks. I want to drive the enemy away to save our people. I will not resign myself to the usual lot of women who bow their heads and become concubines”. Women also challenged the male claim to religious authority and power. A’ishah, Muhammad’s third wife, for example, battled a Khalife in 656, and afterwards created her own religious laws. In eighth-century India, women involved in the bhakti (a popular revolt against a form of Hinduism) broke with their families, created their own spiritual writings, and demanded that men treat them as spiritual equals. European women preachers and heretics claimed direct connection with God thus creating religious and feminist impulses. Guillemine of Bohemia, a late-thirteenth-century preacher and mystic, challenged Catholic dogma, and created a women’s church that attracted aristocratic as well as ordinary women.
Barbara Winslow, Feminist Movements: Gender and Sexual Equality
The next time someone tells me that you can’t have feminism in historical settings I’m going to print out 1,000 copies of this post, bind the paper, and throw it at them.
"I was striking a few poses in my superhero costume when a young boy perched higher on a rock chimed in.
'Captain America does not have a turban and beard,’ he said. He had a child’s curious tone. No malevolence.
'Why not?' I asked him. 'I was born here. We could have a new Captain America who is Sikh or black or Hispanic.'
He thought about this. Finally, he conceded that yes, maybe a black or Hispanic Captain America would be OK.”
Cosplay is for everybody. I hope I see Captain America in a Turban at New York Comic Con this year! So cool!
Designer Joel Tippie takes us through a few of the many steps it took to design the final cover of Divergent. Click the images for captions.
Hey, I know that guy. : )
This video is a must-see!! So cool!