ugh. I am in the middle of a ridiculous deconstruction exercise that wants me to take a story and pick it apart in no more than five hundred words. I tried to be inventive, but alas, once again, it’s all come down to: “EVERYTHING HINGES ON DICKS AND JESUS.”

FML. 

bloomingbanana:


Adora Belle Dearheart - a tall young woman in a tight gray dress, with coal-black hair plastered down and forced into a tight bun at the back… There was a slight redness to her eyes that suggested she had been crying.

Didn’t turn out quit how I’d planned, but it was so nice to paint something again…

bloomingbanana:

Adora Belle Dearheart a tall young woman in a tight gray dress, with coal-black hair plastered down and forced into a tight bun at the back… There was a slight redness to her eyes that suggested she had been crying.

Didn’t turn out quit how I’d planned, but it was so nice to paint something again…

(via politeyeti)

lisafer:

fairytalemood:

YA Retellings brought to you by Epic Reads - Fairy Tale Retellings:

Beauty and the Beast: East by Edith Pattou / Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George / Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley / Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge / Spirited by Nancy Holder / Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier / The Princess and the Hound by Mette Ivie Harrison / Stung by Bethany Wiggins / The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle / Beastly by Alex Flinn / Beauty by Robin McKinley / Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

The Little Mermaid: September Girls by Bennett Madison / Fathomless by Jackson Pearce / Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama / Midnight Pearls by Cameron Dokey / Mermaid: A Twist on a Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon

Cinderella: Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix / Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine / Princess of Glass by Jessica Day George / Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas / If I have A Wicked Stepmother, Where’s My Prince? by Melissa Kantor / Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge / Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott / Cinder by Marissa Meyer / Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey / Ash by Malinda Lo

Rumpelstiltskin: A Curse As Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce / Spinners by Donna Jo Napoli / The Crimson Thread by Suzanne Weyn

The Frog Prince: Cloaked by Alex Flinn / Enchanted by Alethea Kontis / The Door in the Hedge by Robin McKinley / Water Song by Suzanne Weyn

The Snow Queen: Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce / Winter’s Child by Cameron Dokey / Stork by Wendy Delsol

Little Red Riding Hood: Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright / Scarlet by Marissa Meyer / The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly / Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce / Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguié / Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

Twelve Dancing Princesses: Entwined by Heather Dixon / The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun / The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn / Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George / Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Hansel and Gretel: Sweetly by Jackson Pearce / Bewitching by Alex Flinn / Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Rapunzel: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth / Rapunzel Untangled by Cindy C. Bennett / Towering by Alex Flinn / Cress by Marissa Meyer / Golden by Cameron Dokey / Zel by Donna Jo Napoli

Snow White: Beauty by Nancy Ohlin / Snow by Tracy Lynn / The Glass Casket by McCormick Templeman / The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block / The Serpent’s Shadow by Mercedes Lackey / Nameless by Lili St. Crow / Fairest by Gail Carson Levine / Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan (*this is actually a retelling of “Snow White and Rose Red”) / Devoured by Amanda Marrone

Sleeping Beauty: A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn / Briar Rose by Jane Yolen / Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey / Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay / The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson / Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley / Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross / A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

For
orphans-and-animals
- though she’s probably well aware of all of these. ;)

I BLOODY LOVE YOU. 

(and I have read a frankly disturbing number of these, but…ooh! There! New ones! Shiny!)

I grew a strawberry. And then I ate it. That is all. 

ellenkushner:

humansofnewyork:

"I didn’t get married until I was 50. I think it finally happened because I stopped thinking it was possible.""How do you mean?""Before I gave up, I was putting so much pressure on myself that I’d immediately be considering and measuring every man I’d meet. It’s not natural to begin a relationship with such a long term view. When I met my husband, I wasn’t looking past that afternoon."

I’d totally marry you. 
But we’d have to have separate closets.

ellenkushner:

humansofnewyork:

"I didn’t get married until I was 50. I think it finally happened because I stopped thinking it was possible."
"How do you mean?"
"Before I gave up, I was putting so much pressure on myself that I’d immediately be considering and measuring every man I’d meet. It’s not natural to begin a relationship with such a long term view. When I met my husband, I wasn’t looking past that afternoon."

I’d totally marry you. 

But we’d have to have separate closets.

fic: Breathless bounds (Old Kingdom, Ellimere/Lirael, PG-13)

“Oh, goodness. That’s all very fine. Does it stick?”

It was difficult to think when Ellimere was in the room. For all Sam’s complaints of his sister—“five-foot nine and equine”, the scourge who had seen him humiliated in chicken feathers dancing his way off the brink of dignity—The Abhorsen-in-Waiting found herself drawn to the tall, vivid figure. She moved from room to room taking whatever anyone else was thinking or feeling and drawing it into herself, thriving off any feeling, the stronger the better.  It was invasive, and rather astonishing.

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yaflash:

orphans-and-animals replied to your post “I mean, super weird that women are on the bestseller list because…”

"Their raw, manly charisma and relevance means that I read these things DESPITE their being YA. Man, those men write women so well, why is the pink cover brigade even trying?"

*screams into the night*

I don’t think I have ever used quotation marks to convey more sarcasm in my life. 

Anonymous asked: Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why is one of the top selling YA novels and it's for a reason! And John Green would beat out ANY of the women on your lists, half of them I've never even HEARD of. You sound like you're just jealous that your book didn't break into Amazon's top 500.

yaflash:

sarahreesbrennan:

yabookshelf:

summerscourtney:

aprihop:

well for one i don’t have any books out so i don’t think that’s true. 

but also, if you’d read ALL OF my posts, you’d have seen where i noted that i choose to recommend books by authors who need those recommendations.

you not having heard of them? pretty much why i recommend them in the first place. if you had been following this blog, or my old YA book review blog (which is now defunct RIP), i rarely jumped on reviewing or recommending books that were getting a ton of press. my biggest joy was reviewing backlist and books that got very little publicity. there are tons of popular blogs and people who do nothing but talk about the same 15 up ‘n coming books and i wasn’t interested in it. 

maybe i just really like books and authors and like to encourage people to read more than what everyone else is reading?

This is a follow-up to this, where aprihop was asked to recommend “real” non-vapid teen girl YA novels after a rec post where she only listed books written by women.

POINTING OUT, CRITIQUING AND QUESTIONING A SYSTEM OF PRIVILEGE IN YA is not an attack on your fav male ya authors.  Pointing out that your fav male YA authors BENEFIT from that system of privilege is not an attack on their talents or their hard work.  Stop derailing the conversation.  Also maybe start looking into how the whole marketing machine works too because it’s not as simple as “a good book finds a wide audience no matter who writes it, you’re just not writing good enough books.”  If that was the case, you would have heard of A LOT more of the authors on aprihop's original list.

Great response to male privilege in YA lit and why it’s important to recommend and acknowledge that books on the NYTimes bestseller list aren’t the only ones worth reading. 

I’m just gonna leave this here.

http://jenniferlynnbarnes.tumblr.com/post/51744321696/for-those-of-you-interested-in-publishing-some

Because it’s always a good time for Jen Lynn O’Clock, but it also talks about why the books you’ve heard about… are the books you’ve heard about.

http://aprihop.tumblr.com/post/82396066271/jay-ashers-13-reasons-why-is-one-of-the-top-selling-ya

Hint: it is not because the books you’ve ‘never even heard of’ are bad.

God I hate everything today, but this commentary is wonderful.

I keep reblogging these because the attitude anon is displaying is VERY common and I hear it ALL THE TIME, but for some reason certain people need “evidence” to believe it happens.

Reblogging mostly because the commentary is brilliant and partly so I have resources on hand to fling at my own versions of the original ask. Along with some actual fire for the guy who now uses ‘lame’ every five minutes in my creative writing class, because I winced over John Green’s use of the term. 

YA book reviews: trying to find that one, precious story where the dog DOESN'T die.

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