“Fandom, after all, is born of a balance between fascination and frustration: if media content didn’t fascinate us, there would be no desire to engage with it; but if it didn’t frustrate us on some level, there would be no drive to rewrite or remake it.”—Henry Jenkins, Convergence Culture, 2006. (via meiringens)
Imagine you started a nationwide book club about thirty years ago and you marketed it almost exclusively to girls and women. You release all kinds of books, but for some reason or another you decided to brand reading as a hobby for women.
I wish the agreement was “let’s just roll in our big piles of money and quit while we’re ahead”…appears the agreement is the obvious “let’s run this franchise into the ground like we do with everything else”.
“A warning: If you rip, tear, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop, or in any other manner damage, mistreat, or show lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it is within my power to make them.”—
not really, though. eat ice cream while reading and dribble on the page. spill coffee. break the spine. read in the tub. some books are impossible to put down, and ice cream must be eaten and coffee must be drank and sometimes people who live with you absolutely demand that you bathe.
as a librarian, i mostly care that you read. i’d rather replace a book that has been read and dog-eared and underlined and well-loved than have a pristine copy sit unread on a shelf.
respect books, but don’t treat them as sacred (unless they are rare texts and all). life is messy, and if books are a part of your life, they might get messy. and that’s okay with me.
Sometimes I write long, involved personal emtries with the intent to post them on tumblr. Inevitably, though, I’ll switch windows for too long at some point before I finish, and tumblr loses the post. Poof, into internet oblivion.
Thank you, tumblr, for reminding me that this is not Live Journal, and no one cares. Not even you.
Pretty much my problem with tumblr (and maybe the reason I’ve become addicted to it) - very few personal entries. Get a real blog for the deep stuff, tumblr is for cat photos and Doctor Who gifs
Hi, I am looking for a books for my friends. They all have similar interests and the same age so just a few recommendations would be fine. They are 17 years old and tend to like modern literature. They all enjoyed the books from John Green, so a book similar to that would be wonderful. Thank you for your help!
King Dork by Frank Portman — great coming of age story but it has a wicked sense of humor and pokes fun at high school teacher’s obsession with “Catcher in the Rye”
Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews — this book came out at the same time as “Fault in our Stars” and has similar dealing-with-cancer plot but this is about ten times more hilarious.
And in the category of “books shelved in the teen area but probably adults would like more” you could give them last year’s Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein about a female pilot who was captured by the Nazis…and that is all I can really say about it.
This is a short comic I did for Tor.com a few years ago, about The Hunger Games. I’m the daughter of a veteran; my father was sent to Vietnam when he was 18 years old. He suffers from depression and PTSD as a result, much like Katniss. I wasn’t born until the Vietnam War was years over with, but it still affected me in many ways.
I thought this was worth re-running on my tumblr, for the release of Catching Fire.
It’s not coincidence - Author Suzanne Collins father was a Vietnam Veteran as well. Both Hunger Games and Gregor the Overlander show the effects of war on soldiers and survivors.
Hey! I'm looking for a book for my friend, her name is julia, she's 17 and her two favourite books are it's kind of a funny story and the perks of being a wallflower. She's studying in psychology and really likes books about depression and other mental illnesses. Please help? :) thanks a lot!
Here are some of my favorite realistic fiction books that I think your friend might enjoy:
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King — great story about a boy dealing with bullying and escaping into his dreams to talk with his MIA grandfather.
She would probably also enjoy Please Ignore Vera Dietz by the same author.
If you want something a little weirder, Going Bovine by Libba Bray is about a young man dealing with mad cow disease, but it reads like a modern version of Don Quixote.
If you want a quick read but with some deeper ideas, try Godless by Pete Hautman about a boy who decides his is done with mainstream religions and convinces his friends to worship the town watertower.
And if you want to continue the trend of awesome YA books being turned into really good movies, you could get her The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (the DVD will be out in Jan)
Hi all - need help finding a good book for someone on your shopping list? I’m a librarian and I have seen lots of this year’s titles, read reviews and heard thoughts from our patrons on lots of titles. Send me an ask with the age of the person, books/tv/movies they like, and I’ll try to match you with a good book to gift them. :) Works for all ages, though I tend to read more children’s and teen books than adult (though I can always pick my co-workers brains for grown-up books).