As part of my resolve to write more, I’m adding a few more regular posts to this blog. I’m starting with a monthly round of of interesting book and/or library related links I’ve come across.
From The Music Man to Ghostbusters, this list includes an eclectic compilation of movie scenes involving libraries. It’s a great list, though I think I might have included practically every episode of the first three seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Maybe a list of television library scenes is in order.
There is a glut of best books lists out there and every one of them is useful in it’s own way. However, as someone who really started getting into YA lit as an adult, Forever Young Adult has a special place in my heart. Plus, those ladies are hilarious.
If you haven’t read Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, stop reading this and go find it. Or at least go check out my review of it. I’m really excited to see how they’ll pull off this novel in movie form, but I think Chloe Moretz is definitely a great choice for Mia.
I’m including this mostly because I disagree with it and wanted to comment. Not liking Austen is perfectly valid, but I object to the author’s reasons for stating that no one should like Austen. I feel as if she’s constructing the same type of argument that is so common of those who like to denigrate women authors and women’s literature. By saying that Austen’s work is “just” about relationships, love, and familial devotion and has no deeper meaning or lesson, she’s suggesting that those topics – topics so often found in literature aimed at and enjoyed by women – are unimportant and lesser than other (often more masculine) topics, which is a dangerous implication. How are love and relationships not “deeper problems”? And really, how many times can we see the Austen vs. Bronte sisters argument? Besides, in my opinion, anyone who will try to claim that Austen isn’t a witty writer or ignores her influence on modern writing is probably not looking very deeply into the subject.
Here’s a little more Austen for you. Several modern authors have taken on a discussion of each of the major characters. I especially like Tandon’s take on Mrs. Bennet. I’ve found her a much more intriguing character since a former professor of mine changed my previous negative opinion about her in college.
This is a pretty extensive list of Pinterest boards pertaining to books, reading, and libraries. There are even lists dedicated to book arts and edible books. It’s a very neat collection for anyone who loves reading and libraries.
Following in the footsteps of The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, and many other popular YA series, Delirium by Lauren Oliver has been optioned to be made into a television series. I’m pretty excited about this one. It’s such a neat setting and there is a lot of material there that could really be expanded into a great show. Check out my review of the first book in the series.