|This is what I'm going to look like in a month.|
Some food for thought while you mourn my absence (har):
- Buying a book review?? Say it ain't so. But it is. And apparently it's more common than you'd think. I can't even imagine ever considering it--I'd rather have an honest bad review from someone who actually read and thought about my book than pay for meaningless paeans-for-hire. And the problem is, the idea of all these purchased reviews floating around out there--in my opinion--makes legitimate writing and reviewing feel meaningless. BOO, I say.
- Via the SCBWI's Expression Online newsletter, Salon.com's Laura Miller says the reason women dominate YA lit is the same reason men avoid it: "The answer, I believe, is prestige. YA is a prestige-free zone, or at least it has been for most of the decades of its existence as a self-identified genre." She goes on to say, "YA fiction has blossomed outside the literary world’s prestige economy" and explains why that can be a good thing. WELL worth a read, and an important entry to the discussion on the place of YA lit in the literary world.