Y’all. It’s been a hell of a week. Of course we’re still dealing with GamerGate, plus the backlash to the street harassment video that everyone loved just a few days ago. And don’t forget the fucked up Halloween costumes that are already out there! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Scarier than Your Halloween Costume
Today, you’ll vote for your favorite (up to) seven ladies in each of the YA categories, to determine who will be joining the adults from yesterday’s poll in the 2014 bracket. Read More Middlemarch Madness IV: YA Polls
The world continues to be a horrible place this week. Let’s keep fighting the good fight, ladies! (Trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny: “Iron-Knickered Feminist Lingerie-Arsonist” Edition
Ladyblogland was a welcome retreat from the madness of last week’s news.
New this month in the world of YA fantasy is Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact, by A. J. Hartley. Hartley has written several adult novels, but this is his first venture into the world of YA lit and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read More New Book Review: Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact
Rabbits (says Mr. Lockley) are like human beings in many ways. One of these is certainly their staunch ability to withstand disaster and to let the stream of their life carry them along, past reaches of terror and loss. They have a certain quality which it would not be accurate to describe as callousness or indifference. It is, rather, a blessedly circumscribed imagination and an intuitive feeling that Life is Now. A foraging wild creature, intent above all upon survival, is as strong as the grass. – Watership Down, Richard Adams
Over at The World Is Yours, Sara P. started a series called Origin Stories about children’s and young adult literature that shaped her adult worldview and the way her perspective on these pieces has shifted as she’s grown older. She has opened up the series for multiple contributors, and we are looking forward to featuring some of these reflections here at Persephone. To request consideration to contribute to this series, please comment here or at the original post.
The world of LGBT-friendly fiction for teens and young adults is slowly growing, and certainly we expect most newly-published teen fiction to avoid homophobia, though heteronormativity and transphobia are both alarmingly common in the genre. Unfortunately for LGBT teens, though, most of these books, even the “friendly” ones, are written about LGBT teens but for straight readers, with an emphasis on promoting tolerance, or displaying the struggles against bullying, or otherwise trying to illuminate the minds of straight kids to the lives of gay kids. Tropes abound, and I’ve only found a few LGBT YA novels that I really think do a great deal in promoting not just tolerance, but show acceptance of LGBT teens not just as factors in the straight kids’ lives, but as complex, complete characters in their own right. Because April is LGBT Awareness Month, I decided to share some of my favorites.