As The Fault in Our Stars barrels into theaters this weekend virtually guaranteed to become a blockbuster, it can be hard to remember that once upon a time, an adult might have felt embarrassed to be caught reading the novel that inspired it. Not because it is bad—it isn’t—but because…
So much wrong here.
1) A good story is a good story, regardless if it is written for a child, a teenager or an adult; powerful themes/narratives transcend age/demographics.
2) The quick and blunt dismissal of genre fiction as “trashy” is woefully misguided (as someone who ekes out a living intelligently writing about and investigating horror, this makes me want to sit this journalist down and give ‘em a literary lesson or two).
3) Books take us on adventures: sometimes they take us back in time to our younger, more naive years; sometimes they take us to places in the world (or on other worlds) we have no chance of ever experiencing; sometimes they guide us through tragedies and traumas we may never have to face first-hand. By limiting the scope of what we read, we are limiting our experiences and our ability to think/perceive/imagine things outside of our immediate reality, gender, age, creed, etc.
4) We should honestly be happy (and celebrate the fact) that some people still love books.
5) As an adult, it’s not particular mature to put down other adults’ interests and tastes. That’s petty grade school playground stuff.
Hello BLEEDER readers!
If you’ve already read the first book in the Blood Magic saga, are currently reading it, or planning to read it, I have a contest for you!
I’m pleased to announce that this month BLEEDER is the Chosen By You Book Club’s Book of the Month (for week one, June 1st to 7th). Part of that book club feature is hosting a Scavenger Hunt for long-time fans and new readers alike. To sign up for the hunt, visit http://www.wattpad.com/17356369-c-b-y-book-club-book-of-the-month-botm-%2B
The hunt will involve answering ten questions (thought up by yours truly) about the plot of BLEEDER. This is your chance to prove how much you love the book and how closely you’ve been paying attention when reading. The Scavenger Hunt itself is taking place at http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/bleeder-scavenger-hunt.html
The prize - and this is a great one for all you aspiring writers out there - is a two-chapter review of YOUR work. So happy hunting!
You can find the entire Chosen By You BLEEDER Book Club feature (along with a nifty little interview with me) at http://cbybookclub.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/botm-bleeder-wattpad.html
P.S. I swear I haven’t forgotten about RULER! Thanks for all your patience and words of encouragement. This pregnancy has completely eaten my life. In fact, it might just be a vampire. ;)
Okay folks, I did it! I tweaked Chapter 9 of BLEEDER (“Keel”) to plug a glaring plot hole in the story and have now entered both that book and its completed sequel, LETTERS FROM NEW YORK, in the Wattpad Prize 2014 contest (just under the gun too). If you loved the series, any support you could give it during the next few months would be super awesome (if you haven’t already voted for the chapters, please consider doing so, for instance). I just hit the third trimester of my pregnancy yesterday, and I’m trying really, really hard to get you all some new RULER chapters, so any cheerleading/word-spreading about the Blood Magic saga that you guys could do while I’m pounding away at that would be much appreciated.