Female Gender Role Identified and Analyzed in E. Lockhart’s "The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks", "The Boyfriend List", "The Boy Book", and "Dramarama".
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, and Dramarama are feminist texts bringing theory to the mainstream, therefore creating a site of exploration for young female teenagers discovering themselves. I maintain that Lockhart’s texts are feminist…
"WE WERE LIED TO." #wewereliars Told you we were obsessed with @elockhart’s forthcoming book WE WERE LIARS. @randomhousekids (at Avid Bookshop)
shababskabobs asked: I have discovered something that might not be a coincidence in the similarities between YA authors. Don't be alarmed; im not implying that you yourself have stooped so low as to plagiarize, but i thought you might wish to know that there is a character who went to boarding school, is a member of a debat team, sneaked thru abandoned steam tunnels and got burned, and talks about the panopticon, but exists in the Beginning of Everything as Cassidy Thorpe, and not just as Frankie Landau-Banks.
I know Robyn Schnieder, who wrote The Beginning of Everything, a little bit — and I have read the book! It’s a good one. Steam tunnels on college and boarding school campuses are legendary. I myself got the idea from a novel called The Rule of Four. Debate teams are common. And I love nothing more than a boarding school book! Plus, the more conversations about the panopticon, the better, in my opinion.
So THANK YOU for being such an observant reader and for thinking carefully about the ethics of novel writing — but I don’t think there’s a problem here.
If you like boarding school books, two I like especially are Winger by Andrew Smith and Looking for Alaska by John Green.
Not the most flattering photo of any of us — but the only one I have. Me, Young People’s Literature Award-winner Cynthia Kadohata, and fellow judge, Lisa VonDrasek, at the National Book Awards this year. That thing that looks like a giant piece of cinnamon in Kadohata’s hand is the award itself.
I love the idea of the big life - the life that matters, the life that makes a difference. The life where stuff happens, where people take action. The opposite of the life where the girl can’t even speak to the boy she likes; the opposite of the life where the friends aren’t even good friends, and lots of days are wasted away feeling bored and kind of okay, like nothing matters much.
—E. Lockhart, Fly on the Wall: How One Girl Saw Everything (via quotebookshelf)
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday. I’ll be playing bookseller at Powerhouse on 8th Ave in Brooklyn — 11 AM to 1 PM. That means you can come spend your holiday dollars at a great indie bookshop AND I will be there to advise you on fiction, picture books, YA, everything. I read EVERYTHING this year for the NBA, so I am not so badly qualified. Come by!
After I posted my thoughts on big book causality, I received this question in my ask box:
The Short Answer
My short answer to the question of whether or not I find it disingenuous to suggest that being male might have had some effect on John’s success is… no. Not even a little bit. Not…
There’s going to be a panel at AASL (School Librarian conference) this weekend called “Boys Reading: A focus on fantasy.” There are six well-respected, very cool middle grade fantasy authors on this panel. And they are all men.
And I have to ask: Why? Why can’t female authors discuss their…