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04 December 2008


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Kim McCollum-Clark

I should so totally NOT read Caitlin Flanagan on any subject WHATSOEVER. It brings out the hanging judge in me!
I can't believe she conflated the Traveling Pants with Gossip Girls.


Why does nobody seem to see the ridiculousness of that statement? Nobody ever says "I hate all novels written for adults; they bore me," but somehow they can't get it through their heads that YA is a very broad and diverse category of books. This is akin to the reason I hate the label "genre fiction", because it's so often used in a context that ignores how many categories of books it lumps together.


Her opening line alone: "Children’s books about divorce—which are unanimously dedicated to bucking up those unfortunate little nippers whose families have gone belly-up—ask a lot of their authors" shows the depth of both her ignorance and her faith in her Complete Knowledge of Everything. What an idiot.


But once you ignore most of the first half of the article, it gets much better when she actually discusses "Twilight" instead of blathering... :)


OK, half of this essay really annoyed me. BUT I think she made some very good points about why Twilight is so dang popular.

Did she mix up Gossip Girls and Traveling Pants? Not being a YA librarian, I haven't read either. Yeah, I should...

"Twilight is fantastic." What? "...a thousand-page treatise on the art of foreplay." Not bad.


Okay, she says she hates YA novels -- then goes on to praise them! Makes no sense. I read most of the "ancient" titles she mentioned (obviously a child of the '70's)-- Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Mrs. Mike, etc and I still read and adore "YA" fiction. The problem lies in what you were talking about in an earlier post. We need to get rid of the YA tag.

Katlin Seagraves

I can't stand it when people compare Harry Potter to Twilight.
I don't even know what to make of this article. It's so ludicrous.


If only she used for powers for good.


If she wants to recapture the way books made her feel as a young girl, why doesn't she read books from that time period? YA has changed (naturally). I am happy for her that she enjoys Twilight, but I wonder why she thinks it is romantic when Edward "evinces the most profound disdain and distaste for" Bella? Just because that is how the characters acted in gothic novels? For her it seems to all be about nostalgia.


Agree with poster who pointed out "YA fiction" takes in a whole, whole, lot of fiction! What an idiotic premise. There's a lot of YA fiction in myhouse and more to come. Beyond Twilight, a new favorite here: the Friends and Enemies" trilogy by David Field. The newest one is "The Fairest Star." We have young people in love in a tough environment, as they're traveling between 1599 and the present. All the strife in this trilogy has parallels in our own time. (Perhaps we can finally learn that hatred gets you nowhere...)

dulce Barahona

shes another of thse nutters who think that since a book is labeled as "YA" it can't hold up to "adult" fiction...

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