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  1. The Princess Fantasy (or Delusion)

    January 21, 2013 by Kiersi

    The Princess Fantasy:
    Are Authors Responsible For The Messages They Send About Love and Life?

    What is “the princess fantasy”? 

    This opinion piece might be better titled, “the princess delusion,” because that’s really what it is that I want to talk about: a delusion. A notion that a girl is, above all else, destined to be with the perfect man; that there will be some magical spark when she meets him, that he will rescue her from everything that is wrong in her life, and they will instantly (usually on first sight) fall in love. Forever.

    The love interests in these “fantasies” are often alpha-males, or “princes,” who fulfill every desire (this is relative to the audience, of course). In young adult books, I find there are a few different kinds of princes to choose from: the bad boy, who is eventually reformed by the girl’s love (the “Beast”); the guy who is perfect from the start, loves the princess madly, and pursues her relentlessly, but has pretty disturbing or suspicious behaviors (the Edward Cullens of the group); the two-dimensional Prince Charming or Prince Philip; and a variety of other archetypes that are all, in some way, freakishly ideal. (more…)

  2. Meyer’s The Host a clean break from Twilight

    December 15, 2012 by Kiersi

    The Host, by Stephenie Meyer

    The Host, by Stephenie Meyer

    This book gets: ♥♥♥♥♥ out of 5

    The Host, by Stephenie Meyer – “Wait, wait, Kiersi is reviewing a Stephenie Meyer book, favorably?” You might ask, disbelieving. You might wonder, having seen my tweets about the disgusting co-dependent, abusive relationships glorified in Twilight, or about how Bella’s story is ultimately a tragedy, how this might come to be. What has happened to this predictable reviewer? What has been done with her?

    But I can assure you I am cognizant, that I have not been invaded by a very kind, reasonable alien, and my eyes are still a perfectly normal (perhaps not) shade of dark brown. And I can also assure you that The Host is a great book. (more…)

  3. How to Revise Your Novel: Pt. 1

    October 10, 2012 by Kiersi

    The first episode in this week’s “How to Revise Your Novel” comes from my dear friend Eddy over at Eddy Writes. “Lessons Learned from Third (and Fourth and Fifth) Drafts” contains some marvelously astute tips, including:

    You are wrong.

    You will be wrong, and you will be wrong a whole lot.

    But that’s OK. Learn to fix what’s wrong. Learn to mess with the broken stuff until it looks less broken.

    And, while we’re on the subject, make sure you know the genre of your novel before you start querying! Check out this Big Ol’ Genre Glossary and learn the true difference between speculative fiction and fantasy.

    Last, but not least, Twilight–as it should have been:

  4. Fifty Shades is the Hamburger of Literature

    April 26, 2012 by Kiersi

    Fifty Shades of Grey (cover)

    Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James

    This book gets: ♥♥♥ out of 5

    Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James – So, I know generally this is a blog about young adult literature, but considering the history of Fifty Shades of Grey, I felt it was appropriate to post my review here. There are undoubtedly dozens of has-been Twilight readers like myself who picked up this book purely out of curiosity, and ended up entwined in James’s mortal coil.

    I want to preface everything I say here with this: James’s Fifty Shades series is the fast food of books. It is the breaded french fry of books. It is that perfect combination of salt, fat, and sugar that the body is designed to crave, even though you know it’s not so good for your health–and you feel a little sick to your stomach afterwards. (more…)

  5. What is “YA”?

    December 18, 2011 by Kiersi

    It’s a great question.

    In the publishing industry and academic literary world, “YA” is a term that gets thrown around for everything from Harry Potter to The Hunger Games to Twilight. Generally, it means “young adult,” or literature aimed at an audience somewhere between thirteen and twenty years of age. These are readers that have outgrown Lemony Snicket and The Golden Compass, but seek the same kind of fast-paced action and coming-of-age themes from those middle-grade years. (more…)