Panellists: Francis Knight, Jenni Hill, Melanie Fletcher, Justin Landon
Are genres gendered? Truisms like “women don’t read science fiction” or “men hate romance” abound, but to what extent do these sorts of assumptions determine what we see on the shelves? How have certain sub-genres become strongly associated with writers (and readers) of a single gender? What are the difficulties faced by a writer trying to work in a (sub)genre traditionally associated with a gender other than their own? What role(s) can publishers and booksellers play in creating, reinforcing, or challenging such bias?
Continue reading LonCon3 #21: Gender and Genre
Panellists: Todd McCaffrey, Leigh Bardugo, Sarah J Maas, Amy McCulloch, Sophia McDougall
The extreme measures we take to remove responsible adults in order to empower children in stories – whether it’s J.K. Rowling starting poor Harry off an orphan, or C.S. Lewis exiling an entire family to the country, or Suzanne Collins forcing Katniss Everdeen to become the adult in her mother’s own house… Panelists will discuss the importance, or lack thereof, of parents in YA stories.
Continue reading LonCon3 #11: Kill the Parents (young adult)
Panellists: Sarah J Maas, Sarah Rees Brennan, Leigh Bardugo, Elisabeth Waters, John Dodd
Some female warriors represent the norm in their fantasy or science fictional societies and are expected to train and fight alongside their men. Others are “exceptions”, who need to battle the prejudice of their colleagues just as much as their enemies. Panelists will discuss female fighters of every kind, taking examples both from real life and fiction. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the characters under discussion? How has representation of female warriors changed over time? How does the author’s treatment of these characters vary by genre if at all?
Continue reading LonCon3 #9: The Exceptional Girl Warrior
If you hated Throne of Glass because the supposedly violent assassin acted out Cinderella instead of Buffy, then you’ll absolutely adore Crown of Midnight. Rare is it these days, that an author will read critical reviews such as mine and actually make a concerted effort to make their readers happy by upping their game. And boy, did Ms. Maas raise the bar.
Let’s address the issues that I brought up in my 2-star review of the debut.
Continue reading Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Here are my 10 favourite fiction books I read in 2013 covering contemporary young adult, paranormal romance, dystopia, and urban fantasy.
A wry exchange between an IT-savvy donkey, a book-loving ape and a mouse forms this playful and lighthearted examination of print as a medium in the digital age. With a subversive and signature Lane Smith twist, this satisfying, perfectly executed picture book has something to say about the importance of reading to children and adults alike.
Why? It’s gorgeous, timely, and heartwarming.
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So much potential. Wasted. Ruined by a poorly constructed insta-love triangle.
This is not A Game of Thrones. Nor is it The Hunger Games. Or Poison Study. Describing Throne of Glass as such is an insult to those works.
Continue reading Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas