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The Story of Lani Sarem & Her Handbook for Mortals Is Peak White Entitlement

Lani Sarem's underdog narrative isn't just false, but it attempts to steal the spotlight from an actual marginalized voice telling an important story.

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Yo, Lionsgate: Maybe Turn These YA Books Into Movies Instead of Making More Hunger Games or Twilight

We here at The Mary Sue believe that there are quite a few more Young Adult novels that deserve a look from Lionsgate.

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Things We Saw Today: Porgs Are Star Wars’ Adorable New Creature and They Are Here to Ruin Your Life

Porgs! Porgs! Porgs!!! Don't @me, I also loved the Ewoks.

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Win a Copy of YA Feminist Fantasy Novel Girls Made of Snow and Glass!

We're giving away 5—yes, 5—copies of Melissa Bashardoust's Girls Made of Snow and Glass, a feminist YA reimagining of the classic Snow White story that's like "Frozen meets the Bloody Chamber." If you win a copy, you'll have the book in your hands a whole month before it's available to the public. All you have to do to be eligible is sign up for The Mary Sue's weekly newsletter. (If you've signed up before, you're already holding a ticket to Free Booktown.) Here's how to do the thing.

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Why Does Netflix’s Friends From College Hate YA So Much?

Young Adult fiction plays a big role in the new Netflix show, but it's not clear why the writers took on a genre they clearly know nothing about, and on top of that, disdain.

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Interview: Carrie DiRisio of Brooding YA Hero on Why We Need to Take YA Fiction Seriously

I had the opportunity to read Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, a "self-help" guide full of quizzes, activities, and examination of YA tropes all from the perspective of Broody McHottiepants, the male hero we all know and love.

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The State of Feminism in Young Adult Fantasy: Viewing Femininity as a Strength, Not a Weakness

Erin Beaty, author of The Traitor's Kiss, writes about the state of feminism within young adult fantasy novels. You don't have to be masculine to be a hero.

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Get Inspired to Create With The Doubleclicks’ Brand New Music Video for “Now Is The Time”

The video is downright lovely, and totally inspirational.

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Exclusive Cover Reveal and Interview: M.A. Larson’s The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy

Writer M.A. Larson is set to conclude his children's fantasy series Pennyroyal Academy with this latest installment, The Warrior Princess of Pennyroyal Academy, and we've got your first look at the cover.

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YouTube Red Delivers Sci-Fi From The Rock and Drama From Doug Liman, Because We Need More Than “Influencers” In Our Digital Content

You may have noticed YouTube's subscription service, YouTube Red and its slate of digital series that capitalize on its stable of digital creators. Reality series like Escape the Night and Scare PewDiePie in addition to narrative series like Foursome have already been doing well (and have already been renewed), but now YouTube Red is looking to ramp up their programming game by reaching out to more mainstream creators.

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Exclusive: Kids’ Graphic Novel Publisher Papercutz Announces Charmz Line Aimed at Tween Girls!

All-ages comics are all the rage, and at the forefront of that trend is Papercutz, the country's #1 publisher of kids' graphic novels. For over a decade, Papercutz has been attracting teen and tween readers with stuff like The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, The Smurfs, and Geronimo Stilton, as well as imported translations. Now, they announce exclusively here at TMS that they will be launching a new line of graphic novels aimed at tween girls! It's called Charmz.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive Preview: Squirrel Meets World in the Upcoming Squirrel Girl YA Novel

TMS Exclusive Preview: Squirrel Meets World in the Upcoming Squirrel Girl YA Novel

Obviously, we love seeing our favorite comic book heroes in…well…comic books. But there’s something to be said for adapting those characters into different mediums, exposing them to a wider audience. And believe it or not, mediums other than Tentpole Movies exist! In the case of Doreen Green, aka The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, what better way […]

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The Mary Sue Exclusive: Marvel Announces Second Installment in Max Ride Series – Max Ride: Ultimate Flight

Max and The Flock are back!

Max Ride: First Flight was an awesome comics adaptation of the first book of James Patterson's Maximum Ride YA series of novels about a girl named Max who, along with her chosen family of fellow orphans has been experimented on and genetically enhanced against their wills. If you loved the first installment, get ready for more! Marvel has announced exclusively to TMS that they will be doing a second story arc in the series - Max Ride: Ultimate Flight!

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[UPDATED] What John Green Needs to Learn About Having a Dialogue With Female YA Readers

"Am I supposed to just tolerate all of the older men in my life who make me uncomfortable?" - Camryn Garrett

What should've been a molehill has turned into a mountain, and it really, really shouldn't have. Because adults should know better.

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New Details Emerge About Marvel’s YA Novel Black Widow: Forever Red

Just... yes.

At NYCC 2014, Marvel announced that they're going to try to break into the YA novel market with a new book centered on Black Widow. The book, Black Widow: Forever Red, is being written by Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Creatures), and the brand new details make it sound incredibly exciting.

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Things We Saw Today: Flash and Supergirl Team Up on Magazine Cover and Also in Our Hearts

Today needed this.

Great. Now all we can think about is how great this crossover would be on actual television. Thanks, Variety. (via ComingSoon.net)

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“Whycome Normandy Pale?” Susan Juby Guest Blogs On Her New YA Book, The Truth Commission

The Alice, I Think author joins us for her latest book tour!

Normandy Pale is the protagonist of my seventh young adult novel, The Truth Commission, and she was born, like almost all my characters, out of a basic frustration with myself.

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The Mary Sue Interview: The Winner’s Crime‘s Marie Rutkoski On YA Heroines, Romance, and That Next Book

If you like YA lit, you should check this one out.

Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Curse made a huge splash in YA lit when it arrived, and people loved it for Kestral, its strong female lead, and its intricate portrayal of a world embroiled in imperialist politics. The sequel, The Winner's Crime, just released on Tuesday, and I thought it was a great follow-up - and, in fact, a great improvement - on the first. I got the chance to speak with Rutkoski about the new book and her plans for Kestral's future.

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Judy Blume Has A Reminder For All Of Us: Read Whatever You Want

Are you there, God? It's me, the voice of reason.

The woman who taught me about boobs, boys and periods shared sage words earlier this month on the value of books and the ability of children to "self-censor" themselves when reading mature material. If my third-grade experience of the masturbation scene in Deenie is any indication, the Grand Dame of YA is absolutely right.

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