So, I’ve been spending more time these past few months over at IB, but I promise I haven’t forgotten La-La Land. New Postcards are on the way, including reviews of the 80s classic Annie on my Mind, by Nancy Garden, and the more recent Lost Voices trilogy, by Sarah Porter.
In the meantime, I present the following video discussion between myself and two of IB’s other awesome contributors, Laura Confer and Jericha Senyak. Our topic: “How Young Adult Literature Made Me A Feminist.” We argue that, despite the current trend of tacked-on romances, young adult literature — as well as fantasy, both YA and adult — still seems better at presenting strong female characters than books aimed at adults. We talk fairy tales, sexual awakening stories, and we use the phrase “straight white male” a lot. I also extol the awesomeness of Disney’s Frozen.
Note: some swearing, and a few SPOILERS for Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier, and the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell.