On the list of psychological dangers presented by poorly written romance novels (e.g., the fetishization of virginity, the romanticization of abusive stalker vampires), the portrayal of the actual devirginification process itself doesn’t necessarily hover right at the top. But as a writer and a pedant, good God do I get cheesed off by anatomical inaccuracy. And while I’m not aware of scores of young women having penetrative sex for the first time and saying, “Whoa, whoa, whoa–that is not how it was in Fifty Shades of Grey!” (although they may well be out there), I feel the record should be set straight....read more
Next up: Next Saturday, June 30 (for real, this time), we’re going to finish up the book with Part III, chapters 19-27....read more
Urban Fantasy — the bringing of the fantastic (vampires, werewolves, magic, fae and so much more) to a modern, real world setting — has become ever more popular as a mainstream genre. From Twilight to True Blood to The Vampire Diaries, it is now firmly entrenched on our televisions. The books regularly reach the best seller lists – this isn’t a fringe genre. It’s here, it’s huge and it’s here to stay....read more
Next up: If you’re up for it, next Saturday, June 30, we’re going to take on Part II, chapters 10-18....read more
The end! It’s the end! The book is over. Sigh. Ready, go.
Next up: If anyone’s up for Catching Fire, I am. I’m going to take a week off and set the first discussion for the week after next, Saturday, June 9, with Part I, chapters 1-9....read more
Next up: Next Saturday, June 2, we’re going to finish the book with chapters 19-27. If you feel like taking on Catching Fire next, start getting ready for that....read more
Looking at Urban Fantasy we see a lot of vampires. A lot of vampires. Sparkly vampires, sexy vampires, daylight walking vampires, sexy vampires, magic vampires, sexy vampires, viking vampires, sex vampires – did we mention sexy vampires? Yes, lots and lots of sexy vampires....read more
Next up: Next Saturday, May 19, we’re going to take out Section 2 with chapters 10-18. It’s more reading than we’ve been doing, so if you feel like it’s a bit much, let me know....read more
LATE UPDATE: This Saturday, May 12 we’re going to close out Section 1 with chapters 5-9....read more
Response to the reading group has been whelming, so it’s time to get started on The Hunger Games. Mark your calendars to begin discussion on Saturday, May 5, giving two weeks to acquire the book and read the first chapters. We’ll start with Chapters 1-4 and adjust thereafter as needed....read more
In our recent discussion of the purported Hunger Games love triangle, there’s been some interest in having an honest-to-dog book-club-esque discussion of one or more books in the Hunger Games series. For those who are interested: How would you like to do this? Which book would you like to start with? Would you want to read all the way through and discuss at the end, or read a couple of chapters at a time? (The Hunger Games is 384 pages, 27 chapters, GL 5.3, and the others are similar.) How easy/quick will it be for interested parties to get hands on copies of the book? What is your favorite food that provides little to no real sustenance? Mine is peanut butter pretzels....read more
(And then I promise I’ll let the whole thing go [probably (probably not)].)
A lot of reports accompanying the release of The Hunger Games (movie) have made reference to a “love triangle” between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. And I get what they’re trying to do there: The top-grossing YA movies of late have involved at least some kind of three-sided romantic entanglement. But The Hunger Games isn’t a love triangle–not by the traditional definition, at least. And identifying the book as such and pushing the movie to serve as such does both the book and the fans a disservice, and that makes me sad.
Note: This post is bustin’ with SPOILERS for the book, although not so much for the movie (except to the extent that it’s, y’know, based on the book)....read more