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Books Are Awesome!



Yes, I read it. Don’t judge. 😉

Umm… clearly, you should submit here. Clearly.



Perhaps my writer’s block is God’s way of punishing me for reading less than scholarly books. Technically, I am not reading the series–I am listening to them via audio. I could defend myself as someone who wants to pursue YA lit; however, I am still a bit embarrassed.

O’Quinn, Elaine J. “Vampires, Changelings, and Radical Mutant Teens: What the Demons, Freaks, and Other Abominations of Young Adult Literature Can Teach Us About Youth.” The ALAN Review. Summer 2004. p. 50-56.

Some quotes:

“…who others expect them to be ” (p. 50).

“transgressors… Such judgements of the young are often imported into their reading habits as well as their personal characters” (p. 50).

“Young people, just like adults, read for many different reasons. They seak to know themselves better, know their world better, and know what it means to be a ‘better’ person” (p. 50).

“Adults who believe that adolescence is a time when the lens focused on the world must be adjusted to view life through the eyes of grown-up ‘truths’ rather than childhood ‘fictions’ find it difficult to take seriously teenage books that concern themselves with fantastical protagonists who are half woman, half animal; part man, part angel, or a pinch of human, and a dose of demon” (p. 51).

“…nudges acknowledgement of the blurred lines of identity that haunt us our entire lives” (p. 51).

“…learn to live in multiple worlds and multiple identities with an on-going consciousness of what that might mean. For young people., especially, such concerns are at the forefront of their daily experience. They do not seek to give up who they are, but rather to integrate their known sense of a developing self with the unknown self that pushes from the darkness” (p.51).

“…negotiating the inconsistencies…” (p. 51).

“…like Foucault, they intend to expose those truths as biased claims set in motion by those who stand to gain the most from them” (p. 52).

“…enthusiastic anomalies whose only desires are to know and be known” (p. 52).

“…active interpreters of their own lives whose ambiguous natures can sometimes overcome situations mean to fix them in place” (p. 52).

“…realize the fragility of identity and the difficulty involved in trying to hold on to it, even as they seek to question it” (p. 52).

“…passion and desire…” (p. 54).

“…what it means to have and use power over others; how to deal with profound feelings of alienation and loneliness; how to keep life energies from becoming excesses that ravage life itself; and, finally how to work through the other enduring existential questions that confront all humans, but are arriving for teens for the first time” (p. 54).