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  • 15th April
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List of Most Challenged Books in 2012 Released

Yeah, yeah, big surprise, 50 Shades of How Not To Do BDSM is on there.

But, let’s look at the part where Beloved made this list, and these are figures taken from last year…before the whole BELOVED GAVE MY PRECIOUS CHILD NIGHTMARES!!! bullshit.

From the ALA site, the top 10 most challenged books in 2012:

  • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (offensive language, unsuited for age group)
  • “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie (offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
  • “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher (drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group)
  • “Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James (offensive language, sexually explicit)
  • “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (homosexuality, unsuited for age group)
  • “The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini (homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit)
  • “Looking for Alaska,” by John Green (offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)
  • Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz (unsuited for age group, violence)
  • “The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls (offensive language, sexually explicit)
  • “Beloved,” by Toni Morrison (sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence)

  • 9th December
  • 09

So, I’m going to rant here.

I know, I know, something new and different for me.

Anyway, in case you haven’t heard, the curriculum for US schools will soon eliminate Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird, in order to replace them with instruction manuals and plant inventories.

I am utterly APPALLED at this decision.

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  • 4th November
  • 04
Cecil Castellucci will help teens create stories that are out of this world

Great story on an upcoming salon that Cecil Castellucci will be running for teen writers…and it includes the Space Tales Theater episode featuring my short story “Sometimes Aliens Go To Prom.”

Which may or may not end up extended into a full novel at some point.  I’ve had ideas.  But until THAT happens, you need to check out Cecil’s new book First Day on Earth.  It’s about a boy who may have been abducted by aliens befriending another boy who may actually be an alien.  Then again, in both cases, maybe not.  And maybe it doesn’t matter.

  • 27th October
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  • 4th October
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  • 1st July
  • 01

crushlibrary: My New Project Revealed!


from Publisher’s Marketplace yesterday!

Children’s: Young Adult
Cecil Castellucci’s THE TIN STAR and A STONE IN THE SKY, a two part series pitched as Casablanca recast, re-envisioned, and set on a space station, to Nancy Mercado at Roaring Brook Press, by Kirby Kim at William Morris Endeavor (NA).

Oh MAN.  Cecil rocks my world.  Seriously, if you haven’t checked out her other books already you should.  All of her stuff is good, but for the sort of folks who tend to follow me?  I highly recommend Boy Proof and Beige, as well as both volumes of the P.L.A.I.N. Janes book she did with artist Jim Rugg (DAMN YOU D.C. FOR ENDING THE MINX LINE AND CUTTING JANES SHORT!).

I’d also love to see P.L.A.I.N. Janes as a movie.  Seriously, a group of outcasts named Jane who start an all-girl art gang?  TELL ME we don’t need something like that right now!  

(Source: misscecil)

  • 4th December
  • 04

'Twilight” in Comic Form: You Had to See it Coming…

So, with all the Twilight mania going on, I’ve been waiting for something and so far have been thanking any deity I could think of that it hasn’t happened yet.  But then, had to go and spoil it for me, like they normally do.

Ladies and gentleman: there’s rumors of the possibility of a Twilight graphic novel.

Like I said, I was waiting for it.  After all, graphic novels are the new black, especially as media tie-ins.  I, for one, both thank and blame Heroes for this trend, though I’m sure it goes back further.  But with Heroes, it became apparent the trend would work with people who don’t normally buy comics.  And the industry has been looking to bring in new readers, especially from the pre-teen and teenage demographic that mostly flocks to manga.

So it seems that Twilight: the graphic novel would make sense.  But COME ON.  There’s already a shoddily written series of books and at least TWO movies (the sequel, New Moon, was already greenlit), do we really need the whole story told over again in a graphic novel?

But hey, maybe Stephenie Meyer will write something new, if she can pull herself away from the tear stained pillow she’s been crying into since the manuscript for Midnight Sun leaked onlineMidnight Sun was, of course, Meyer’s attempt to explain Edward’s actions towards Bella in Twilight and why a guy is TOTALLY JUSTIFIED in physically restraining a girl he’s been dating for all of a week when she’s about to do something he doesn’t agree with, and why it’s TOTALLY SWEET that he directly disobeys her when she tells him not to listen to what she’s saying by reading the minds of people around her (if you haven’t read the series?  Bella is the only mind Edward can’t read, presumably because she doesn’t have one of her own.  In the leaked manuscript, this and the fact that her blood smells so good drives Edward into a rage where he’s ready to kill an entire classroom of people over them.  He all but uses the line “And the bitch deserved it for wearing that short skirt and acting stuck up like she didn’t want me!”  ROMANTIC).  But when it was “accidentally” leaked online, Meyer claimed that she had been “violated as an author and as a human being” and that she would not be finishing the novel.

Wow.  She really IS a bad fanfic writer who got her “original” work published.  Right down to the attitude.  I still argue Twilight is My Chemical Romance Mary Sue fanfic with the names and a few genders swapped.

But hey, maybe if Meyer’s “artistic sensibilities” (read: rabid desire for fame) can be reconciled, she might be able to finish up Midnight Sun and hand it off to be converted into comic form.

I nominate Frank Miller to write the comic adaptation.

Basically, if you want to see comic adaptations…actually, massive media tie-ins, for Young Adult Literature done right?  Check out Frank Beddor’s Looking Glass Wars series, which features a graphic novel tie-in called Hatter M.  Oh, and a heroine who doesn’t nearly drown herself in her cereal on a regular basis.