Monday, March 13, 2017

The Monster in Young Adult Literature || An Old Essay

One of my friends, who is a developmental psychologist in training, recently told me that she would be studying the effect of young adult novels on abusive relationships. Specifically, she wanted to compare between generations who grew up with Twilight and its heirs and those who grew up with The Hunger Games and its heirs. I thought that this was fascinating, and I remembered that I had written a paper in college specifically focused on female sexuality as portrayed in young adult novels. (This was for a religious studies class on the occult). I looked at that paper and decided that a lot is still relevant to YA and our world today. So, if you're interested in the topic, here is the paper.

My apologies in advance for the poor writing: (a) I apparently turned in my final paper a few hours late, which means that I didn't edit it or care as much about the writing or logic gaps so much as finishing, and (b) I wrote this paper more than five years ago.

[I believe that the assignment was to choose any topic for a personal 5,000 word essay but to make sure that we'd incorporated at least one theoretical paper. My choice was monster theory, as established by Jeffrey Cohen.]

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Why You May Not See As Many Reviews Here Anymore

You may not see so many reviews here anymore.

I know I've lately been absent, more generally speaking, but when I think about blogging, usually the last thing on my mind is reviewing books (though next week, I think, you'll see reviews on Labrynth Lost and Of Fire and Stars from me, months late). And this sort of post is me being like "I'm not going to request any advanced review copies, and I'll eventually get through the ones I've had for the past year and that I still haven't reviewed yet, but I'm trusting y'all to hold me accountable, 'cause I don't know that I can actually write the kind of reviews that people want anymore."

Why?

Monday, December 12, 2016

I Didn't Like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Okay, so I might be weeks late, and many people might have already posted on this topic, but hey, maybe many of you have also already seen Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and maybe many of you weren't certain why you didn't like the movie or maybe you want to discuss the movie, in its glories or failings.

Hihihi, let's chat!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Because You Love to Hate Me | Back Cover + Villain-Author Pairing Reveal

Hey, y'all, look at the glorious back cover of Because You Love to Hate Me, a young adult villain-themed anthology pairing authors & booktubers! And, and, and do you want to know which author I was paired with and what villain my author is portraying?

Check it out!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

August and September Recap / Book Talk

Hey, everyone! Today I've got my August and September recap. It's been a while since I've updated; I'm probably, right now, in a relationship best described by Katherine Locke, who once wrote that she wasn't in a relationship because she was in a relationship with her ambition. I've started grad school, and I really just want to get ALL THE THINGS done, from work done in my old lab to work now in my new lab. I also moved across states July/August, so you could say that I'm still "catching up" with everything... new people to meet, new places to go, new everything. Which is why I haven't been reading or updating as much, but looking forward to getting back into it all!!

Let me talk about what I have read recently!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July TBR

Hey, all! Today I’m here to talk about my July TBR, including four middle grade fantastical adventure stories and four young adult novels that aren’t quite as easily grouped together. I went on vacation in New Zealand for two weeks in June (5-19) and then managed to get sick for about a week and a half (June 22 – July 1), so I’ve been somewhat absent in terms of booktube videos and blog posts. Even now, with this July TBR, I’m moving in less than twenty days to another state! Ack! So who knows how many of these books I’ll be able to finish in this short time frame, but if any of you have copies of them and want to read them together, please let me know!

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