(P.S. There will be spoilers for the Divergent series by Veronica Roth in this discussion. You have officially been warned.)
Perfection is abundant in YA, or at least at first glance, it seems so. There is always the stunningly handsome love interest who is somehow smart, funny, popular, and well, perfect. There is always the "flawed" main character who can ace her classes, fight monsters, all while still getting the boyfriend at the end. Perfection has become a standard in YA, and one of my favorite book series is a major culprit.
* "Lamb to the Slaughter" (Roald Dahl)
* "Good Country People" (Flannery O'Connor)
* "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Charlotte Perkins)
* "The Lottery" (Shirley Jackson)
* "Masque of the Red Death" (Edgar Allan Poe)
* ... and of course Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution," even though the play and the movie take that particular story to yet another level entirely.
Hi, everyone! Today I've got another tag, this time to celebrate new releases -- or releases coming now/late summer/fall (or even later, with Passenger, which just made for an easy question). You can change the questions by putting in titles that you'd like to promote if you want. Mostly I just want to help promote these titles & bring your awareness to them, especially as a few of them are being released really soon!
Also feel free to answer as many of the questions as you'd like, whether that's only one or them all :). And and and! Feel free to interpret them as you like (e.g. Q1: not just tropes but characteristics of a fave; Q7: monsters on your feels as in favorites instead of psychological thrillers, etc.).
1. What makes you MORE HAPPY THAN NOT (in books)?
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera | Release Date: June 2, 2015
How far would YOU go for your favorite books? This is a tag made by Robyn Schneider and I was tagged by Ameriie at Books Beauty Ameriie. It's in celebration of EXTRAORDINARY MEANS & our lovely book fandom. These questions felt a little like they were asking me how big of a fangirl I am. My answer: I'm a loser who throws up on planes and cares less about adaptations than avoiding commercials.
ARE YOU CURIOUS NOW?!
Also: TAG! YOU'RE IT!
THE QUESTIONS --
1. I would give up the internet for a month for a signed first edition of this book-
First off, I need to point out that I'm not always consistently on the internet. I take a lot of time off. Look at my lack of bookish rounds posts!
Second off, the easy answer is Harry Potter and that's for a reason!
But if you really want me to choose, I'd go with either Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Emma or Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, and The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. If we're talking about first editions that I'm going to sacrifice something for, we're going either OLD or really popular.
2. I would give up pizza for a year if it meant I could sit next to this author on a long plane ride-
I throw up on planes, y'all. One of my most embarrassing experiences/memories -- see the video for more details lol -- involves me throwing up on the dude wearing a business suit next to me. He was gracious. I was mortified. And now even with taking nausea pills, I still will occasionally throw up. So, I also take sleeping pills. A long plane ride = either throwing up or asleep.
BUT IN HYPOTHETICALS OF COURSE: Maggie Stiefvater may? have written on tumblr about adam being inspired by some guy who she'd talked to on a plane. I feel like any of the SUPER DUPER big name people like J.K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin would be disappointing mostly because I'm awful on planes, wouldn't know what question to ask; but also because there's SO MUCH to ask. How on earth would you do without making a mess?
An alternate author I chose is Kristin Cashore, whose works I love!
3. I would sit through a thousand hours of commercials if it would ensure that Hollywood made this book into a movie-
No adaptation is worth a thousand hours of commercials to me. I hate commercials with a fiery passion. They're full of poisonous stereotypes about societal expectations and ugh --
If I were to choose a book I think would make for a good movie though... The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. Although I like The Raven Boys better, The Scorpio Races just reads like a movie. It's cinematic in setting and scope.
4. I would never read a new book again if it meant I could live inside this book-
So, obviously, I could pick Harry Potter for all of these... but I won't. So I guess The Castle series because it's just so quaint and adorable and Diana Wynne Jones made all these quirky characters that I can't help but love and these different cultures and countries. Plus how cool would it be to randomly see Howl's Castle floating up in the sky?
5. I would let my google search history be made public if it meant I could be best friends with this author-
I'm not actually embarrassed by my google search history, y'all are free to it. But maybe Rosamund Hodge, because I deeply respect her stories and if I'm going to be best friends with an author, there has to be some sort of base level like that. Plus I don't want to repeat the authors already mentioned above.
6. I would donate everything I own to goodwill if it meant I could date this book character in real life-
If I could have a twenty-first century version of Mr. Darcy, I'm sure I'd be a happy woman. WAIT: BUT EVER SINCE TALKING TO KIRA ON HER SPLINTERED REVIEW, I'VE BEEN HAVING DOUBTS ABOUT THIS ANSWER ACK ACK ACK.
So, y'all, I tag all of you. But for specifics, I'm going to tag the people who I owe comments & who I miss talking to because of this prolonged half-assed absence of mine: Pam at YA Escape from Reality, Juhina at Maji's Bookshelf, Hannah at Fully Booked Reviews, Frannie at Frannie In the Pages, Bruna at Bruna Writes, Happy Book Lover's Blog, Amanda at Beautiful Bookish Butterflies, Lyn at Great Imaginations, Kristin at Book Sniffers Anonymous, Mishma at Chasing Faerytales, CJ at Sarcasm and Lemons, Michelle at Book Briefs, Tressa at Wishful Endings, Tara atLibrarian Who Doesn't Say Ssh, Aylee at Recovering Potter Addict, Trish at Between the Lines, Tessa at Crazy for YA, Jasprit and Rachel at The Reader's Den, Aly at My Heart Hearts Books, Small Review, Charlotte at The Simple Tales, Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings, Carmel at Rabid Reads, Nitzan at The Book Babe's Reads, Sajda at Across the Words, Aya at A Canadian Girl, Stormy at Book.Blog.Bake, and Amy at Ode to Jo and Katniss.