Why YA is So Important

Last week, Jonathan Franzen’s latest interview hit the internet like a shit tornado. He dropped shade on basically anyone who didn’t write high end literary fiction, specifically YA fiction, as well as the lower class who apparently can’t afford the “luxury” of moral complexity. This is pretty typical elitist bullshit …

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Reading Dickens

I’ve recently finished up Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and I’ve had more than one person ask me how I’ve managed it. Some readers will be confused by that kind of question, but I can see how people who don’t read classic British literature could have a hard time. Dickens …

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Including Diverse Characters

As a kid, the books I read were full of white or race-nondescript characters. As a teen, I thought color-blindness was the way to go in my own books, especially since I didn’t know many diverse people and could only pull from a very limited supply of media representations. Was …

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Best Books I Read in 2014

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell I started the year in a reading rut specifically because I couldn’t bring myself to finish this book that I’d started in November of last year. I’d started it and I thought I saw something coming that I didn’t want to get to so …

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Overcoming Fear

This isn’t about overcoming the fear of being bad. I’m not afraid to suck. What I’m talking about today is the fear of offending people. For instance, I could write about my ex boyfriend whom I found out six months into the relationship was engaged. I’ve been filtering little details …

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