There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.
Camp NaNoWriMo: Week 4
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This week’s theme: epiphanies.
If I was Ira Glass, I’d have lots of insights into human nature, a soupcon of charm, and a very relaxing voice (soooo…soooothing…). But I’m not Ira. I have minimal insights into my own life, let alone humanity as a whole, an awkward charm that’s less charm and more awkward, and a voice that’s frequently described as having a New England accent, which I…
I like cancelled plans. And empty bookstores. I like rainy days and thunderstorms. And quiet coffee shops. I like messy beds and over-worn pajamas. Most of all, I like the small joys that a simple life brings.
Q:What do you think of that article saying that adults should be ashamed to read YA books?
It’s buffalo puckey, written by someone who, to judge by the books she cites, has barely even looked at YA literature. It’s like judging all of adult literature by 50 Shades of Gray, Killing Lincoln, and The Great Gatsby.
People need to read what they need to read. If reading YA fills their need of the moment, they are reading, are they not? If reading poetry, or non-fiction, or magazines, or mysteries, or romances, or short stories, or world literature, answers whatever itch is in their brains, more power to them.
People like that author, who is trying to shame people for reading what they like, are the same kinds of people who force kids to read books they dislike and don’t understand to the exclusion of everything else, until those kids stop reading. Which do you prefer, people who read what they like, even if you don’t get that genre’s appeal, or people who don’t read? Because a lack of readers is a growing problem in this country. I would rather have readers, even if all they read is technothrillers. (Speaking of books I don’t get.)
When you’re in the middle of writing a story, it can be hard to make sure that everything you’re including fits or connects into a coherent plot. Although many writers save these plotting problems for the editing phase, it can be useful to tackle them early on.