“I w a n t e d y e from the first I saw ye-
but I l o v e d y e when you wept in my arms
and let me comfort you that first time in Leoch.”
I charge readers to remove “likeable” or “relatable” from their review vocabulary. These responses are limiting to our own reading experiences and what we can expect from works of art.
Instead, I ask readers to focus on what is human and what is pressing. A character may be likeable or unlikeable, but what is it about him that feels human and true? What about her touches on what is most real in the human condition and experience, either in small or large ways? And a story may be about something that we can personally connect with, but what about it is pressing? What about this story feels necessary in some way? This isn’t about a character on any other day, going about his or her business—what about this time and place and challenge is urgent and about the deep changes and challenges we all face at some point? It may or may not be something that a reader can personally relate to, but why does it feel necessary? Maybe the responses will be “this doesn’t feel human” or “this doesn’t feel pressing”—and that’s okay, too.
Not all stories are for all readers. But I feel that it’s more worthwhile to assess a reading experience from the perspective of what is human and what is pressing than from the perspective of who we like.”
the fabulous @palegirlinthecity AKA Annie Cardi in Ploughshares
I wrote about the forthcoming LGBTQ young adult fiction I’m most excited about over at YALSA’s The Hub.
If you have fallen in love with the action and adventure and time travel romance set against the drama of Scottish history after watching Starz’s Outlander, we don’t blame you. If you’re read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and don’t know what to read or watch next, we’ve got a list for you in the Lawrence Public Library catalog.
Last year for banned books week I did this shredded books passive program in my library and I thought I’d share it for those of you looking for a low cost, easy, but fun program (it was a hit in my library).
Special skills: extensive Harry Potter knowledge, can watch an entire TV show in a week, knows words to every Disney song, can form abnormally strong attachments to fictional characters, Microsoft Word
I would hire you these skills would be great in my line of work
i really need there to be a fandom-specific advice blog where people can ask things like
- how do i handle that one negative reblog that really hurt my feelings
- what should i do about social anxiety at cons
- help i’ve got a huge crush on the girl i’ve been swapping erotica with
- how do i stay motivated when it seems like 80% of ~geek culture~ is set against my gender/identity
- etc etc
Wait is this not what all of tumblr is for