A recent article by avowed nonHunger Games reader Laura C. Mallonee in Time For Teen Fantasy Heroines To Grow Up, touched on some, well, touchy issues. Too much romance. Too dark dystopian. Too few books for boys. Worlds are not realistic. Girls learn nothing. The lengthy article has caused its own firestorm, on the eve of the Hunger Games newest movie release.
Next event: the Shattersnipe: Malcontent and Rainbows blog by Foz Meadows has created a response that begins with a bingo format. With the center free space “Hunger Games and Twilight,” you find squares such as “author doesn’t read YA” and “some YA is bad therefore all YA is bad,” and “Only talks about white authors.”
What follows is a careful rebuttal of Mallonee’s article. So go on over, read Mallonee first then check out the Shattersnipe article. May the oddness be ever in your favor!
From Katniss to Buffy, YA books and media do have their kick-ass heroines. But who’s next for older teens and adult readers? Check out this post on Tor.com that pitches the need for female heroines for adults. And not just ones who overcome horrors and abuse to make them strong, ie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Here’s the link.
Still loving YA heroines. Can’t wait for the next Hunger Games….coming soon!
DearEditor.com once again is generously helping writers with a ms edit from a debut author. To celebrate upcoming publication of her YA novel Lara, Anne Marie O’Brien will provide a “substantial edit” of a ms up to 80,000 words.
Anne Marie O’Brien’s interview provides fascinating back story to Lara. Here’s the blurb:
In 1914 Russia, Lara is being groomed by her father to be the next kennel steward for the Count’s borzoi dogs unless her mother bears a son. But Lara’s visions, suppressed by her father, suggest she has a special bond with the dogs.
Ya gotta love an author of books titled Snoring Beauty and Underwhere. Bruce Hale is funny and loved by kids and adults alike. And he acts! And he wears a beret! And he produces books on writing! Check out his blog.
And also check out his take on revisions at Dear Editor’s Revision Week blog today (3/27.) Great insights on the writing process of a successful author.
The Dear Editor blog continues with phase two of Revision Week. This opportunity for a partial review is from author Laura Griffin. Her fun books (if you like murder and mayhem) include the Tracer series. And what great titles: Twisted, Snapped, Scorched.
How about a series for the pre-published who haven’t resorted to crime–yet. Rejected, Snarked, Ignored.
If not, read her helpful comments about revisions here.
This is Revision Week from the Dear Editor blog, and the first author is fabulous Larry Dane Brimner. He has been writing for young people during a twenty-year teaching career, his award-winning books ranging from picture books to Middle and YA. Birmingham Sunday, about the Klan bombing that killed four little girls in a church, is a must read. (And took 49 drafts, he says.)
Check out his fascinating blog post about his revision process and enter for a chance to win a 10-page look at your WIP! (His is the first interview in the week-long series.)