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I have basically just inhaled Libba Bray's new novel, Beauty Queens.

Oh, my God! So good! Loved it like nobody's business. It is the most feminist teen book to ever exist basically.

I have a few issues with the end, in that I hate it when books end with "And then they grew up and got married and had babies!" It's a trend I just do not like. I like it when books let me make up the rest of their lives, you know? I mean, the ending was way better than the Harry Potter and the Hunger Games epilogues, but still. 

Also, I would like for her to include an actual lesbian relationship. She always has a lesbian character and a bisexual character and then the bisexual girl leaves the lesbian for a dude.

Okay, so that's not exactly what happened in the Gemma Doyle series or in Beauty Queens, but its basically what happens. Essentially.

Don't get me wrong, I love what Libba Bray is doing for the LGBT community. She is writing popular YA books with LGBT characters, exposing future generations to the fact that we're around and we're just like everyone else. That's a great message to give to kids. (Especially LGBT kids. I know that the books I read when I was a teenagers did not really have any gay characters. It wasn't in the popular YA fiction and I wasn't about to go look for it because I didn't really understand and didn't want to acknowledge what was going on with me at that specific time of my life. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist was the first book I read that had gay characters in it and I read that when I was a senior, when I was in full denial mode.)

As I learned this week, not everyone is going to be happy in how someone shows support to gays. There was a big brouhaha about Glee's Diana Agron wearing a "Likes Girls" t-shirt at the Glee Live! concert. I thought Agron's gesture and subsequent essay on tumblr were really nice. A lot of other people, however, did not.

Anyway, my point about this tangent is that I appreciate the support that is being given (and I love people for it), but some times the message gets tangled in how others interpret it. That doesn't make the message a bad one and it certainly doesn't make the messenger a terrible person. It's just all about differences of opinion and point-of-view and experience. So, this is not me dissing Libba Bray (I would never. I think she's brilliant!), but its just my opinion.


Also, there is a continuity error on page 229 of the hardback. Tiara tells the pirates that Jennifer is the one who cut her hair, when it was really Petra.

It's just a little, baby error, but it's an error none-the-less.

It actually gives an interesting insight into Libba Bray's writing process. I'm assuming that originally Tiara had the problem with Jennifer being a lesbian and that Petra was added in a later draft.

All in all, I loved the book. Will recommend it to everyone I will ever see ever.


ETA: Poorly organized post is poor. Too lazy to fix it. Let's just call it stream-of-consciousness and think it's brilliant, shall we?

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I'm currently writing my Shakespeare final.

In true feminist fashion, I am basically writing about how--no matter what--women are always portrayed in a negative fashion in any Shakespeare play.

They either are enemies fighting over men, or over social status, or to enact revenge; or their using their alliance to destroy men.

I will never be happy and that's the way I like it.

:-D

Hopefully my professor will find this as amusing as I do.

Two Things

May. 5th, 2011 01:06 pm
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1. Another Stargate SG-1 random marathon! Hells yes! And they're playing the very first episode! HOORAY!! I haven't seen this episode in forever. I love Dr. Daniel Jackson's floppy hair!

2. I totally just wrote "After he says this, Stingo feels like an asshole." Then moved on, wrote the rest of the paragraph, reread said paragraph and was like "Probably shouldn't phrase it like that in a paper." Stingo totally feels like an asshole at that point of Sophie's Choice that I'm talking about though.

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I am currently writing a little mini-paper for my American Novel class about The Poisonwood Bible.

Sentence I wrote: "Both Nathan and his hammer are completely useless in the Congo."

A simple little sentence that was meant to segway into a discussion of feminism in the novel.

But that is not where my brain wanted to take that.

My stream of consciousness: Nathan Fillion played Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog. The hammer was his penis. Oh my god! Nathan price is an emasculated male!!

And then a wrote a paper of a two page paper about that.

Fun Fact: This is the fourth paper since September 2010 that I have written about the emasculated male. One for African-American Lit. and one for Zombie Lit. last semester, and then one for Victorian Lit. back in February.

What can I say, there's nothing I love writing more about than the emasculated male. :-D

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I've been listening to The Hunger Games on CD during my drives to and from school/work this week. I'm almost finished with it and have the other two books on my iPod.

I quite like it. I have a weakness for teen lit and have been sorely disappointed with some of the stuff I read over Christmas break. I had pretty much given up and decided that David Levithan and Libba Bray were the only YA writers that I could stomach anymore.

But I've heard a lot of good things about The Hunger Games, so I thought I'd give it a chance. Since I'm also reading Beloved, Dracula, The Complete Works of Flannery O'Connor, The Taming of the Shrew, and Breakfast at Tiffany's I decided to listen to the audiobooks.

I know, not exactly smart adding another book in the mix, but I needed something that I didn't have to completely dissect.

Unfortunately my English-major brain can never again be turned off because I'm dissecting this book like crazy.

I mean, the book isn't Shakespeare. It's definitely not on the same level of Harry Potter, but it's leaps and bounds over Twilight. So that right there is a reason to read it.

In general, I like the portrayal of women. I have a couple of problems with Peeta's shrewish mother and super-ambitious Effy, but I can't complain that much.

Actually, I'm not reading it that much through my feminist lens, which is a huge change. I'm reading it through my inexperienced Marxist lens.

The whole class situation--who has money, who doesn't, who's in power, who has no power--is fascinating.

District 12, the poorest District, is full of people who are generally good, including the people in power (Btw, Peacekeepers? Lol. Me thinks Suzanne Collins is a Farscape fan). The richer the District gets, the most horrible the people are. In general, the message seems to be that the more money a person has, the meaner they are (I'm looking at you, Peeta's mom). Then the people in the Capital, the richest bit of the entire country, are completely shallow and are pretty much dumbasses. So, poor=good, rich=bad,

I have little qualms with the story. Like where are the cameras? How can everything be seen, especially when Kat and Peeta are in the cave? How can stuff just be there, so immediately? Like the food in Kat's room in the Capital? Or the deus ex machina parachutes during The Games? What kind of magic science is this world full of???

Then there is the fact that people are not allowed to move between the Districts. How long has that been for? What happens when the gene pool starts shrinking and everyone becomes inbred? Did the Capital not think of this?

And, District 12 is in Appalachia. Is that all of Appalachia or just part of is? Because if it's all of Appalachia, the District is huge!

And! If the people of District 12 are in Appalachia, and if they start inbreeding, will the entire District become blue???

I think I'm thinking too much about this stuff. If only I could put this much effort in my readings of Beloved. I just hate Toni Morrison so much.

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In my American Novel class we're reading Beloved by Toni Morrison.

I'm not a fan of Morrison. It depresses me because she's such an important African-American writer and I love African-American Lit.

I hate Morrison though. I read Sula last semester and hated it with all my being.

I'm not very far in Beloved at the moment, but I have to ask one question: What ever happened to a good, old-fashioned circle jerk?

I mean, honestly!

These dudes are so sexually frustrated that they're fucking cows? That can't be satisfying in any way!

Why, Toni Morrison, why?

I think I might just put this one down (again) and SparkNote it.

That'll free up more time to read Breakfast at Tiffany's for Southern Renaissance.

Amsterdam

Apr. 26th, 2010 06:13 pm
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I'm currently reading Amsterdam for my Novel class. I am truly loathing this book.

Which is sad because there's so much potential in it. You know, once you get rid of the egotistical characters, the sexism, the faux-existentialism, the trans-phobia...

It's just the little things.

I have about 60 more pages of this book and then a response paper, which will just be longer version of what I just wrote.

I'm sure that my professor will just say that that's the point of the novel. To point out how men are egotistical, sexist, etc. And that really just makes everything worse.

I'm sure there will be a vigorous discussion in class tomorrow. I'll be trying to express my opinion of the novel while my professor interrupts me and such. Ugh.

The woes of being an English Literature major.

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