“The top tier of literary fiction — where the air is rich and the view is great and where a book enters the public imagination and the current conversation — tends to feel peculiarly, disproportionately male.” —Meg Wolitzer
It’s an oft-made argument, but it bears repeating, and re-reading.
It’s because adults are discovering one of publishing’s best-kept secrets: that young adult authors are doing some of the most daring work out there. Authors who write for young adults are taking creative risks — with narrative structure, voice and social commentary — that you just don’t see as often in the more rarefied world of adult fiction.
THANK YOU. YOU CAN STAY.
Agreed. YA gave the world its first super-successful female action hero in film in FOREVER. Those uneasy about kids being given recognition and respect (aren’t they supposed to get off… the lawn…?), female protagonists being given recognition and respect, female writers doing so well, genre stuff doing so well (isn’t that… weird)?
They get my side-eye, and they can get off my lawn, too.
“We, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, and Alice Walker, together accept this award in the name of all the women whose voices have gone and still go unheard in a patriarchal world, and in the name of those who, like us, have been tolerated as token women in this culture, often at great cost and in great pain.”
Romance novels are feminist documents. They’re written almost exclusively by women, for women, and are concerned with women: their relations in family, love and marriage, their place in society and the world, and their dreams for the future. Romances of the…
Nicely put: ladies as the subject!
I love me some romance novels, y’all. I was talking to a friend this Saturday and she was like ‘Which romance novel should I start with’ and I said ‘Lord of Scoundrels!!!!’ and she mocked me because she thought it was a funny name.
But I will have her yet, my friends…
The heroine shoots the heroine in Lord of Scoundrels. He is a jerk to her and ruins her reputation, and so she shoots him (not fatally) and delivers herself up to the law. Of Paris. ‘I am a super hot young lady who has committed a crime of passion!’ she says with devastating coolness. ‘Alors,’ murmur the gendarmerie. ‘As the noted philosophers the Kaiser Chiefs said, I predict a riot…’
“When they throw the water on the witch, she says, “Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness.” That line inspired my life. I sometimes say it to myself before I go to sleep, like a prayer.”—John Waters describes his favourite scene in The Wizard of Oz (via bohemea)
Yesterday on twitter, I expressed annoyance with the hundreds of people who send me emails or tumblr messages or whatever to let me know that they illegally downloaded one of my books, as if they expect me to reply with my hearty congratulations that they are technologically sophisticated enough…