The Brontë Sisters Would Have No Patience for This Sexist, Elitist, Pearl-Clutching Book Snob Claiming to Defend Their Legacy
So let's revel in the deliciousness.
How would Emily Brontë feel about a lover of books having a position of some authority in a literature society? And how would Brontë feel about a man bemoaning and belittling her position based on her appearance and career choices? This guy is right. We do all know the answer to that.Read More
Joyce Carol Oates posed the idea on Twitter that the play "Othello" would work the same if the racial elements were removed and Othello being a moor was made irrelevant.Read More
Amazon is going to use The Lord of the Rings series as their way to create their own Game of Throne-style series, by allowing themselves to explore the vast universe of Middle-Earth. While is this ... definitely a choice one could make, I find myself wondering why couldn't those millions of dollars have been used to create an adaption that was more—I don't know—obscure. Less known. Less already adapted into multiple massive blockbusters.Read More
At this point, it feels like the conversation about diversity in books should be a simple one. We need more of it because the majority of books being published by major publication houses are white and straight and that needs to chance. Done? Nope. A user from Twitter used the platform to let everyone know that she had a "hot take" on diversity.Read More
#WhyIWrite is part of National Day of Writing and authors, bloggers and all lovers of the written word have taken to Twitter to express what writing has meant for them.Read More
Back in February it was announced that Philip Pullman was working on a sequel/prequel series to his iconic His Dark Materials to much excitement and anticipation from readers. Well today, October 19th (also Pullman’s birthday) is the official release of La Belle Sauvage the first book in the Book of Dust trilogy.Read More
Banned Books Week may have passed, but recently in Biloxi, Mississippi a public school pulled To Kill a Mockingbird from an eighth-grade reading list, according to The Washington Post. The School Board vice president, Kenny Holloway, gave a vague explanation to the Sun Herald, that “There is some language in the book that makes people uncomfortable.” I’m going to use my best guess and assume that the language they are talking about is “the n-word.”Read More
Wit Beyond Measure
We looked at some of our favorite children's books and decided which ones we thought best fit each house. Which would you have chosen?Read More
N.K. Jemisin took the award for "Best Novel" for The Fifth Season.
The 2016 Hugo Awards were announced last night at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, MO, and after an attempt by an online group to once again derail the list of winners it was made even more satisfying when all four Hugo fiction categories were awarded to women, with two of them being women of color.Read More
Disability in Kidlit and the Changing Landscape of Disabilities in Books: An Interview With Corinne Duyvis
Diversity in literature has become a big topic for discussion in recent years. There’s no denying we need more of it. Author Corinne Duyvis is one of the people working to promote diverse titles and change the way we read about the world through her books and the blog she co-founded Disability in Kidlit. Recently she spoke to us about the work she’s done, her writing, and her own experience with disabilities.Read More
Rebecca Solnit knows all about mansplaining. After all, she's the one who coined the term in her now-classic 2008 essay "Men Explain Things to Me." It appears that since then, need for the term hasn't decreased at all. Men continue to explain why her opinions are wrong - treating their own tenuous opinions as fact - as she explains and illustrates in her recent essay, "Men Explain Lolita to Me."Read More
There is a gender bias in the publishing industry. Women's writing often gets talked about differently, reviewed differently (if at all), and the content judged differently than writing by men. Of course, publishing is only one industry in which unconscious bias about names based on gender or race exists, and there have been studies done to explore this in other industries. In the case of publishing, a female novelist by the name of Catherine Nichols decided to try an experiment.Read More
Making Sad Puppies even more sad.... :(
We've been hearing a lot lately about the presence of women, or lack thereof, on various ballots in various sci-fi literary competitions, not the least of which are the Hugos. Well, so far - in spite of everything, women are well-represented among award winners this season!Read More
Bonus: Muggle Snape!
It makes sense that a highly-intelligent, determined bookworm like Hermione would be based on the High Witch of Writing herself, right?Read More
It's more complicated than "read what you want."
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 latest John Green tearfest or a dystopian sexy teen death duel.Read More
Things We Saw Today
Things We Saw Today
This Exists... Because of A Lady
Reader, if you would enjoy nothing better than to spend an evening debating feminist themes in Victorian literature, then this is the video (and likely, the comment thread) for you. In this episode of Crash Course, host John Green picks apart Charlotte Brontë's masterwork, including her personal history, the plot of the novel, and the tip of the interpretive iceberg. Go make some popcorn.Read More
Aside from offering plenty of chewy goodness on the history and themes of one of the most influential novels ever written, this episode of Crash Course reaffirms my desire to make a giant chart of personal relationships between historical figures of note. Prior to this video, I was unaware that Mary Shelley's stepsister had an affair with Lord Byron (Ada Lovelace's father, for those keeping score). And I'm with John Green on this one -- Shelley could write a sentence like nobody's business.Read More