YA Novels in the News

YA novelists and their books often garner the attention of the media. Sometimes the press just gives a short note about when a book will, for example, hit the shelves, while other times, you’ll read indepth analysis, interviews and even op-ed pieces that got our attention. In the YA Novels in the News category, you can expect to find news items and commentary from a variety of Web news sources. More importantly, I’ll try to give you my take on the subject of YA books and the place of teen lit in the world today.

Do You Know How To Feel About Mae Whitman Starring In The DUFF?

Do You Know How To Feel About Mae Whitman Starring in ‘The DUFF’?

Like a lot of readers, I also loved that the main character, Bianca Piper, wasn’t the typical, skinny girl that one so often sees in fiction, young adult and otherwise, but now that Variety.com has announced that Mae Whitman, the actress from ‘Parenthood’ and ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ may star in the movie adaptation of ‘The DUFF,’ I’m not sure what to think. Read more →

Rape Culture in the Divergent Movie: Here's Why It's Important Part 3

Rape Culture In The Divergent Movie: Here’s Why It Matters Part 3

And it means that while I enjoyed the Divergent movie overall as you can see from my movie review, I wish the filmmakers hadn’t made the choice to change the scene in Tris’ fear landscape from what Roth originally intended, even if it wouldn’t have translated well on the screen, and even if it would’ve required a voice over to show what Tris was thinking. And most importantly, it means that even though some viewers will see this rape scene and the entire movie as “important,” we still need to recognize where boundaries exist that could use a little (or a big) push. Read more →

Rape Culture in the Divergent Movie: Here's Why It Matters Part 2

Rape Culture in the Divergent Movie: Here’s Why It Matters Part 2

Since Tris is applauded for stopping the attempted rape while still under simulation, it is really just her subconscious congratulating her, not the community as Lalonde suggests. Thus, the Divergent movie doesn’t revolutionize anything when it shows Tris fighting off her attacker, unless the fact that she is able to defeat the simulated-version of Four is enough to be defined as “revolutionary.” Read more →

Rape Culture in the Divergent Movie: Here's Why It Matters Part 1

Rape Culture In The Divergent Movie: Here’s Why It Matters Part 1

Without a doubt, this moment in the film is an example of a positive budding sexual relationship for both young women and men, and it is something that young adult readers and moviegoers need to see more of in materials directed toward them. Teens should see more characters, who are unafraid to say whether they’re comfortable or not with the sexual part of their relationships and who respect one another. Read more →