Goodreads recently polled 40,000 British citizens on their reading habits and among the many trends that popped up, the one making the rounds today is all about sex. Namely, the surprising gender divide between male and female readers and the writers they prefer. The survey found that men and women stick closely to their own camps … Continue reading Goodreads Poll Finds that Readers Stick to Their Own Gender
The shameful truth is that I've been a bit lazy so far with the Man-Booker challenge. I'm about 75% of the way through Joshua Ferris's To Rise Again at a Decent Hour (which isn't great after a week and a half). Without spoiling the review I plan to give later, I can at least say that … Continue reading Update on The Man-Booker Challenge 2014 and Some Delightful Links
Over the summer, Slate magazine's Ruth Graham ruffled some feathers by attacking the great guilty pleasure that is Young Adult Literature. The main thrust of the article involved Graham waggling her shame finger at the number of grown-ups who seemed to be stuck in Neverland -- refusing to read "proper" novels in favor of the … Continue reading Why Are We Still Fighting About YA Lit?
Not to be that asshole, but I didn’t read that many young adult novels when I was an actual young adult. Now that I’m a regular adult, I feel a bit silly reading something like The Hunger Games, particularly since plenty of people love to loudly denounce adults who read young adult novels, wringing their … Continue reading The Fault in Our Stars: Nicholas Sparks for Smart(er) Teens
Right before Harry Potter got insanely popular, around the time Grand Theft Auto was responsible for all adolescent misbehavior, adults wept for their surely illiterate children. Why were these cretins more interested in the multi-colored pencil toppers at the Scholastic Book Fair than the books themselves? What could be done about this national tragedy? Luckily … Continue reading Why Do So Many Adults Read Teen Lit?
Over the weekend, clutchers of pearls everywhere reacted to a sound bite from the publicist of the new Romeo and Juliet movie. Said publicist foretold that the upcoming adaptation would be the first Romeo and Juliet specifically tailored to "the Twilight generation," and -- more appallingly -- that while the dialogue would retain "Shakespeare's flavor," … Continue reading Why “Romeo and Juliet for the Twilight Generation” Doesn’t Mean as Much as You Think
After seeing The Hunger Games for a second time, a friend and I got into a bit of debate over the "legitimacy" of young adult lit authors. I'd read FilmDrunk's Hunger Games review a few weeks back that stated, among other gripes, that Suzanne Collins -- a successful TV writer -- only got into young … Continue reading So About J.K. Rowling’s First Non-Potter Book
"HOW IN THE WORLD ARE THEY GOING TO MAKE RUE A FREAKIN BLACK BITCH IN THE MOVIE ?!?!?!??!" "Eww. Rue is black. I'm not watching." “Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you pictured” The quotes above are an extreme, yet sadly accurate, representation of some of … Continue reading Books on Film: Racist Hunger Games Fans Don’t Know How to Read
As the kid behind me at last night's showing would say: "MOVIE REVIEW!" That's right -- it's my long-awaited review of The Hunger Games, the brand-new series for teens that isn't Twilight. Before I unleash my usual avalanche of snark, I will say that I liked it well enough. Here's where I add the caveat: … Continue reading The Hunger Games Movie: Just Like the Book, Now with Actors
For about the last six years, I've felt both apprehensive and a little gloomy about the prospect of going to the movies. It's not just that I'm worried people will talk, but also that I know for a fact that if that talking is excessive, distracting, and well above a whisper, I seem to be physically … Continue reading Never Fear, Theater Talkers: Famous Players Doesn’t Give a Damn