Book Bites-Friday Night Linkage!

It’s been a long work week, so instead of trying to think of something witty to say, I thought it would more interesting to share a few links. 

Oh! Pretty Pictures!

To learn more about how Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan: Storm Born was turned into a comic, check out this MTV article. You can also check out some of the cover illustrations here.  What do you think about the trend of adapting popular novels into comic books?  I like it, and hope that the trend continues. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to read a prose novel, and a comic will satisfy my reading urge.   I am enjoying Storm Born so far, so much that I purchased the eBook.  Now I just need time to read it!

Darkness, Violence, and Depravity – Really??

The interwebz is up in arms because of this article in the WSJ, which accuses YA fiction of being rife with “explicit abuse, violence and depravity.”  (Seriously?? Depravity??") While I agree that YA fiction is tackling far more challenging topics, I strongly disagree with the message Meghan Gurdon is trying so hard to sell.  The world I grew up in wasn’t all sparkles and lollipops.  My parents didn’t raise me with blinkers over my eyes, either.  There are some very ugly things that happen in real life (Casey Anthony, anyone?  Politicians sexting to under-age girls?)  Ignoring the darkness doesn’t make it go away.  Hiding social issues don’t make them disappear.

Here are some rebuttals to Ms. Gurdon’s views on YA fiction:

Jackie Morse Kessler – Making the Darkness Visible

Sherman Alexi – Why the Best Kids Books are Written in Blood

Beth Revis – Why The Wall Street Journal is Wrong about Young Adult Books

Maureen Johnson-Yes, young adult fiction can be dark, but it shows teenagers that they aren’t alone

Sometimes pictures really are worth a 1000 words.

There are a ton of articles – just Google #yasaves if you want more reading material. 

What do you think about “darkness” in YA fiction?  Is there too much?  Are authors pushing the envelope a little too hard?  Or are these books that discuss social issues a road to hope for troubled teens, and an opportunity to open a dialog on topics that shouldn’t be swept under the rug? 


Vacation Reads Reading Challenge!

The summer reading season is here!  Don’t forget to sign up for the Vacation Reads Reading Challenge, which I am co-hosting with Ruby from Ruby’s Reads.  You can win some awesome prizes (to be announced soon!), for something that you are going to do anyway!  Click here for more information.

One thought on “Book Bites-Friday Night Linkage!

  • June 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

    I posted twice about the WSJ article and have read many others, but thank you for posting Sherman Alexie’s, I hadn’t seen it and I love his writing.

    As for the Dark Swan comic, it does look gorgeous. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it or not but I might just pick up the graphic novel instead.

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