Showing posts with label cassandra clare. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Do You Watch Movie Adaptations of Books You Didn't Like? | YA Talk

So this has happened quite a lot lately. I've seen many books that I've read and not necessarily liked get movie deals. 

While I'm super happy for the authors, I always end up with the question: Do I watch the movie?

See, I really love seeing fictional characters come to life. It's one of the most fantastic things that can happen to a reader, to see the people you imagined on the big screen. I love that, even if it's with characters that I didn't like or books that I didn't Granted this hypothetical movie adaptation I'm talking about isn't a problematic adaptation of an also non-problematic book, should I go watch it just for that effect alone? Or should I support movies and adaptations of books I know I'm much more inclined to enjoy instead?

That One Time It Worked Out

I actually have an example for you guys where doing just that lead to something wonderful. If you've been on my blog for a while you know that I've been trying to work my way through the The Mortal Instruments series and the entire Shadowhunters universe by Cassandra Clare quite reluctantly. Yes, before you mention it, I'm aware of all the drama and schebang surrounding her. If you aren't - google.

I did watch the first movie adaptation long before I read the books and found it quite intriguing, but when I actually read them? Yikes. I hated them. Like, really deeply found them problematic and unenjoyable. But then the TV adaptation came along. Shadowhunters, race-bending (if you can even call it that) major characters into people of color, giving more love and attention to the single gay couple in the series that the author ever did in their books. Also very attractive actors. 

And boy, I grew obsessed with that series. It's mediocre at best but the diversity really hooked me because TV shows are just -so white- these days. It's also a plus that I've heard rumors that the author receives minimal profit from the series because of some rights issues.

If It's Diverse I'm In

In that case it worked out great. I found something super worth my time and great to support by giving books I really dislike another chance. I'm not sure if I would do this again, it really would probably depend on the book series and if there is anything in them that I deeply dislike or not. But what I'm trying to say is - it really depends on who's adapting it. There are so many failed book adaptations out there, and there are so many ridiculously white adaptations out there, and just as many that do their damn best to white-wash anything and everything in the books even if there was great representation in the first place. 

If I see a diverse adaptation of a book I didn't like, I'm definitely more inclined to supporting it. See, I didn't care much for THE DARKEST MINDS by Alexandra Bracken but when I heard that they cast a black girl as the lead role for a character that's white in the books (or, not specified, which usually means white in our world), I made a mental note to go watch these books. Because representation matters. 


Is this a one in a million thing? Has this happened to you before? 


Let's talk YA.


More:
Should We Separate Authors from Their Problematic Work? On False Representation and Whether Authors Deserve Call-Outs
Do We Owe it to Authors to Call Out Problematic Books Nicely?
What is POC rep to you? "Olive Skin", On the Page, and Non-#Ownvoices Authors 
Once You Go Diverse... Diverse Books are Better Than Non-Diverse Books


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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10 2016 YA Releases I Didn't Get to But Will Read Soon! | Top 10 Tuesday





I've read a lot of 2016 releases last year but nowhere near managed to read all the cool books I wanted to read! 
Here are some that I missed.




LADY MIDNIGHT - Cassandra Clare
I'm not done with the shadowhunters series and I will read a lot more of them. I've still not finished The Mortal Instruments but one day I will. Even though I genuinely didn't truly love a single one of these books I just love the TV show (Marc 8th 2016, Marget McElderry) Goodreads

SEVEN BLACK DIAMONDS - Melissa Marr
It's been years since I've read Melissa Marr! And another fairy book?! Yes! (Mar 1st 2016, HarperCollins) Goodreads

CONSIDER - Kristy Acevedo
A protagonist with anxiety and holograms! Bring it on! (Apr 19th 2016, Jolly Fish Press) Goodreads



THE SIREN - Kiera Cass
Sometimes I go through those phases where I'm absolutely obsessed with a specific paranormal creature. I haven't been on a mermaid craze this year so I skipped this one, but I hope I'll get obsessed in 2017. (Jan 26th 2016, Harper Teen) Goodreads

DEAD GIRLS SOCIETY - Michelle Krys
I didn't read the blurb, I just know there's a chronically ill protagonist and I'm sold. I assume it's one of preppy boarding schools ~with a secret society~ novels. (Nov 8th 2016, Delacore) Goodreads

FLAMECASTER - Cinda Williams China
I've been reading a lot of High Fantasy in 2016 but I unfortauntely didn't manage to read this one. I don't know anything at all about it aside from my friends loving it. (Apr 5th 2016, HarperCollins) Goodreads




TELL THE WIND AND FIRE - Sarah Rees Brennan
I've been longing for another book similar to PLUS ONE with people living in the daylight and the night and this is just what I'm looking for. Soon. (Apr 5th 2016, Clarion Books) Goodreads

KILL THE BOYBAND - Goldy Moldavsky 
Boybands and fandom obsessions! I'm sad I didn't buy a copy this year. (Feb 23rd 2016, Point) Goodreads

UNDERWATER - Marisa Reichardt
You can always catch me (get it? because the book's name is UNDERWATER. Nah?) with a good mental health read. (Jan 12th 2016, Farrar Straus & Giroux) Goodreads


THE ASSASSIN'S HEART - Sarah Ahiers
I don't think I actually ever truly loved an assassin book. Bring on the badassery! (Feb 2nd 2016, HarperTeen) Goodreads

What are some 2016 releases you wanted to read but didn't get to?

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

7 Popular Authors That I Just Can't Get Into


Everybody's tastes are different, and my particular taste doesn't always seem to correspond with the general public.

Here are seven very popular authors whose books I just can't get into.
7. J. Lynn / Jennifer L. Armentrout
I really love her Lux series, but any and every book by her that I've read after that disappointed me massively. I'm so sad about this, especially her NA books under the pseudonym J.Lynn are so incredibly popular and it would've been so nice if I had liked them. 

6. Maggie Stiefvater

I stand by saying that I think she's a terrific writer. But really, the writing is just too poetic, too dreamy, too otherworldly to keep my attention for more than 3 seconds.


5. George R.R. Martin
I read the first two ASOIAF books and it's just all too lengthy and political for me. High fantasy is usually a hit or miss thing for me and I am very picky about this, so it's not surprising.

4. Stephen King
Honestly, judging by the fact that everyone calls him the king of horror, I wasn't even scared once. Maybe I just picked the wrong books. I've read FIRESTARTER, CARRIE, IT, and NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES. I wish he could scare me. I love a good horror novel.

3. Sarah Dessen
I keep trying and trying and every time I finish a book by her I think to myself that I would've been better off had I read her books in 2007, back when everyone did and loved them. It's just not for me. I'll still keep trying with her newer works, I think.

2. Rainbow Rowell
I read nearly every books she's ever published aside from ATTACHMENTS and ELEANOR & PARK. I honestly, truly want to like her books but the only one I found mediocre was FANGIRL. I keep wondering what's wrong with me.

1. Cassandra Clare
I've read the first four The Mortal Instruments books, more out of morbid curiosity than actual interest. No matter how hard I try and really want to like them, I guess her books will never be for me. It's sad because there are SOOO many books in this series.





Which popular authors can't you get into?

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Monday, March 28, 2016

[Review] City of Glass (TMI #3) - Cassandra Clare: This Whole Incest Drama Is Getting Old



In CITY OF GLASS, the gang has to travel to Idris to find the one person that can help save Clary's mother and awaken her from the sleeping spell.

What intrigued me: Well, I had my issues with CITY OF ASHES and powered through it because I was hoping it would get better.


It all goes downhill from here...

What really caught my interest in this series in the first place was the brilliant first person narration in CITY OF BONES. By the third installment every character gets a point of view passage, even minor characters. There are multiple POV changes, sometimes even twice per page, and the only purpose they serve is info-dumping. 

Clare dumps information wherever she can, introducing minor characters for the sole purpose of narrating a bedtime story length flashback that nobody wants and nobody needs to understand the story. The main storyline is Clary, Simon and the shadowhunter gang (Isabelle, Alex, Magnus, Jace) going to the shadowhunter country Idris to find a cure for Clary's mother who has been in a coma for what feels like 78 years.

In itself, that's a great premise right there and I was hoping the series would start to catch my attention again, but it really just got worse. There are too many characters, too many complicated family relations that nobody cares about, and the reader is just not grounded. I wasn't rooting for anyone, how could I possibly when there are POV changes all the time? Not a single character in this is properly developed and just changing the POV doesn't really mask that. 

Who are all these people???

Yet again, I did not care. Clary and Jace are so replaceable and annoying, three books of their weird incest romance aren't going to change anything. I didn't care about them, even less about the mysterious new guy in Clary's life that's trying very desperately to kick off a new love triangle. I just... I can't. I'm sorry, but the character relationships are just non-existent. I had no fun, I wasn't rooting for anyone. 
I kept flipping back and forth trying to remember who all these shadowhunter families and their 427847382 offsprings are, I feel like you need an actual lexicon with all the names in order to understand everything that's going on. It's just not for me. It's too complicated, it requires way more attention that I'm willing to give, and I'm just really over it. 


Rating:

★★☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

Absolutely not. One bad sequel is all every book series I start gets. But two bad sequels are unforgiveable.



Additional Info

Published: March 24th 2009
Pages: 541
Publisher: Margaret McElderry Books
Genre: YA / Fantasy / Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9781416914303

Synopsis:
"To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?"(Source: Goodreads)



 Did you make it past CITY OF GLASS? What's your secret?

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Shadowhunters vs. City of Bones - Which is the better The Mortal Instruments adaptation?





I'll be using three categories to determine which one's the better adaptation. Characters, Artistic Freedom, and What if you haven't read the books.

May the best man win.

SMACKDOWN!

  • Characters

What I find most striking about Shadowhunters is that the characters just seem more alive. Instead of rushing through explaining all the lore like they did in City of Bones, the individual characters really have the time to shine. Side characters like Simon Lewis and Alec Lightwood really, really get to gain sympathy points with witty one-liners. Point for Shadowhunters.

Another positive aspect that probably just comes from the fact that it's a TV series is that side characters exist! Maryse Lightwood, Raphael, Camille, etc. YES to seeing more beloved characters on screen! Point for Shadowhunters.

The main romantic couple in the series, Jace and Clary, again have to carry the narrative, but I think that City of Bones did this a little better. There is just no chemistry between Dominic Sherwood and Katherine McNamara, at least not to the extent that Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower had.
Point for City of Bones.

The other couple, which if often absolutely forgotten - Simon and Clary are pretty much just as great together in both adaptations. I absolutely love the actors' dynamics and sympathize with both Simons! Points for City of Bones and Shadowhunters.

City of Bones: 2 
Shadowhunters: 3

  • Artistic Freedom

What City of Bones completely seemed to disregard is the possibility of putting a unique spin on it all. Shadowhunters absolutely convinces me that Luke definitely should be a police officer and that the Lightwood siblings could definitely be hispanic. Generally so much more ethnic diversity. Point for Shadowhunters.

With a unique spin and some alterations to the story come also things that just didn't work. For example putting Valentine's hideout in Chernobyl for absolutely no reason and having all Circle members walk around in black suits like the men in black. Just no. Too cliche. Point for City of Bones.

City of Bones: 3
Shadowhunters: 4

  • What if you haven't read the books?

This is the one question I kept asking myself. As someone who knows their way around this series, it was fairly easy for me to keep up. But I watched the first episode with a friend who had never heard of either Cassandra Clare or The Mortal Instruments before, and she almost fell asleep during Shadowhunters
On the surface, it is an impeccable new interpretation of the characters we all know and love but UTTERLY fails at piquing the interest of anyone who hasn't heard of the TMI universe before. 

Why is that? 

First off - lingo. So many things remain unexplained, like the titular Mortal Cup from the first episode. It's just briefly explained what it does in one sentence, just like the descent into the City of Bones in the second episode. It's all rushed, which is just a shame considering that they DO have the time to explain everything in detail. Though City of Bones had a similar problem, they simply solved it by omitting. Take notes, Shadowhunters.

Secondly - taking relationships for granted. The reason why I said earlier I don't think Jace and Clary have any chemistry in Shadowhunters. This isn't due to the actors' lack thereof. It's because there is hardly any reason for Clary to trust him so quickly and so completely, and basically move in with him after exchanging two sentences. Someone who hasn't read the books will just raise their eyebrows at their quick relationship progression, not get invested in the show, and consequently not watch the next episode.

Thirdly- suspense. There is no reason for anyone to care about these characters! So many people get introduced so quickly and someone who has no idea what shadowhunters are will be even more confused having to keep up with the personalities of Clary, Simon, and the shadowhunter gang. If you don't care about what's going on, cliffhangers just don't work.

To illustrate, my friend's reaction to the reveal that Valentine is the father of Jocelyn's child/Clary at the end of episode one was "Who is Jocelyn again?"

So what does City of Bones do better?
Omission!
  • They just completely left out Isabelle and Alec and just gave them basically extra roles. 
  • They don't bother to explain what The Circle is, really
  • They didn't try to give the characters depth through flashbacks that come out of nowhere
Of course, this is frustrating for people who are already in love with the TMI universe, but they aren't really the target audience anyway, are they? Fans of the books will watch the show no matter how terrible or good it turns out to be.
But this show will only keep on getting renewed for a next season if it manages to at least pique the interest of some people who don't know anything about TMI.

So therefore, point for City of Bones.


End count: 
City of Bones: 4
Shadowhunters 4

To sum up

I don't think there's a clear winner here. There'll always be something to criticize with every adaptation of Cassandra Clare's books we get and to be honest, I like both in their own ways. 

City of Bones works as a nice little entertaining movie that you'll forget the second you've finished, and Shadowhunters is just hilarious with Alec's witty comments and the awkward special effects.
They're both not perfect, but definitely not bad either.

Which adaptation do you like better? 

City of Bones or Shadowhunters?

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Monday, January 25, 2016

[Review]: City of Ashes (TMI #2) - Cassandra Clare



In CITY OF ASHES, the second book in the The Mortal Instruments series, über villain Valentine Morgenstern steals the second of the mortal instruments very conveniently shortly before it will be used in a trial against Jace.

I liked the first book alright, but didn't really enjoy this one at all. There is a multitude of reasons for that, mostly because it's nothing like the first. 

Not what I bargained for

CITY OF ASHES isn't told from Clary's perspective. The booksisn't even about Clary anymore. The first one set up a new world being introduced to her and gave off the vibe that it all would be about her. But really, the books are more about showcasing this insanely big world Clare has created. 

The new omniscient narrating perspective is very confusing and makes this feel more like an adult novel than a YA. In general, this is unlike any YA I've ever read. It's hardly possible to root for any characters because the perspectives are changed all the time, a new character gets introduced every twenty pages and also brings more information dump with them. 

Clare is the queen of information dump. Oddly enough, she seems to be aware of this and just decides to stop explaining 3/4 into the book. New weapons, new demons, new runes, everything thrown at you without any explanation whatsoever. I feel like you need a lexicon to read this. I had no idea what was happening to whom with what weapon and how half the time. Trying to make sense of action scenes is very short from being torture. 

Why it's not worth DNF-ing either

There's a lot wrong with this book and I didn't enjoy it half as much as I did CITY OF BONES, which didn't even receive a very good review from me either. 

However, this insane world full of new concepts and beings is just too interesting to quit. The writing is sub-par at most, full of cringe-worthy similes and annoying foreshadowing, and unlikeable characters. Still, I probably won't quit this series. I want to know what Valentine did to Clary and Jace. I want to know more about this world. And this is why these books are so popular and beloved, I think.
Even when you acknowledge and fully realize it's mediocre at most, you won't quit. You won't want to. Let's hope the third one doesn't make me want to claw my eyes out.


Rating:

★★☆☆

  

Overall: Do I Recommend?

Ugh. I'm not even going to attempt to answer this truthfully. They're a guilty pleasure. Just do whatever you want but be aware that this isn't high class literature.



Additional Info

Original Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: March 28th 2008
Pages: 453
Genre: YA / Fantasy / Urban
ISBN: 9781416914297

Synopsis:
"Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?"(Source: Goodreads)


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Saturday, December 5, 2015

[Review] City of Bones (TMI #1) - Cassandra Clare


In CITY OF BONES, human girl Clary Fray accidentally gets mingled up in a paranormal demon hunt.

What intrigued me: Especially among bloggers, Clare receives a lot of criticism for her alleged plagiarism. I haven't read any of her fan fiction, bur it's very obvious that most characters in this are inspired by Harry Potter.

I mean... the racist leader Voldemort Valentine who wants to purify the wizard world shadowhunter world by starting an unnecessary war against muggle-born wizards downworlders? Well.

I'm probably the last person to read this, but I don't regret it. This is book is definitely a roller coaster.

Welcome to the City of Cringe

However, Clare did her best to disguise this by building a very elaborate and unnecessary complicated world around her Shadowhunters, the guys who rid the world of icky demons. It took me 300 pages to even remote understand all the character dynamics and even after finishing the book, I don't get all the lingo. There is definitely too much content for the size of this book and there are too many parallels to Harry Potter characters to even pretend you don't see it. It's all been said before, and everyone is right with their criticism.

Her metaphors are really just as omnipresent as all reviewers say. And they're just as bad.


"[his facade] was as hard and shiny as the coat of lacquer on one of her mother's Japanese boxes" (pp.138/139, Margaret McElderry Edition)

I have a distinct dislike against flowery prose and having one of these every 250 words doesn't improve the quality of her writing. On the contrary actually. I have never read about this much voices described as combinations of colors and some kind of liquid before.

Which even makes it all worse is that her characters talk more like adults than actual adults. I have NEVER cringed this hard. This worst thing is that this comes out of nowhere, one second they're talking about everyday stuff the next second one of them says something like this:

"simple ontological reductionism is clearly a fallacious argument"
(Jace Wayland, pp. 307)

I mean, it would work if Clare had a pretentious character that's notorious for saying weird things like this, but she doesn't. It feels like whenever she thought of a pretentious line, she just inserted it into the novel right away. All her characters do this.

Next stop: The City of Acknowledgement

As much as there is to hate and cringe, CITY OF BONES is by no means a bad book. Not even close. Her writing captivated me from the start and I couldn't put it down. I've spent nights awake because I had to continue reading. I don't know how she does it, how she managed to put so many clichés and cringe-worthy prose into one book and somehow created an interesting book. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely hate that I like this. I really do.

Jace and Clary have no chemistry whatsoever (!!!!!), honestly, they hardly interact because the plot is too dense for them to even share a single conversation that's genuine. All their conversations are info-dumps with unnecessary back story. Don't get me started on the side characters. Clare basically just dumped them somewhere in the background and then let them return having madly fallen in love with each other. Yikes.

Regardless, I respect Clare insanely for pulling it off to turn a fan fiction into this and produce a mediocre book that's so, so, so captivating. It's a like a bad soap opera that you can't force yourself to turn off.


Rating:

★★☆☆

 



Overall: Do I Recommend?

I guess. You just have to read it yourself to understand my utter confusion and sort of positive dislike for this? I don't know, I have never read a book like this.



Additional Info

Published: March 27th 2007
Pages: 485
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA / Fantasy / Urban
ISBN: 9781416914280

Synopsis:
"When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know... "(Source: Goodreads)


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Are Diverse Characters and Representation Unnecessary? | YA Talk





If you spend a ridiculous amount of time on social media and especially tumblr, it's impossible not to see the constant debates on diversity. Especially popular franchises are often accused of portraying white-washed versions of the world that have nothing to do with reality.

What do you think about diversity? Does it really matter?


What do I mean by diversity?
  • Generally challenging stereotypes in literature
  • Including more POC, disabled, lgbtq*, and mentally-ill characters
  • Fighting heteronormativity (assuming everyone is straight until states otherwise)

What the problem is:
  • Excluding certain people purposely from receiving accurate representation in YA 
On the left and right I included some pictures of the YA heroines in the most recent popular book-to-movie adaptations. Notice a trend there? They almost all look like clones. I could probably find even more of these if I looked hard enough. 

Apparently, in order to be a YA heroine in a popular book-to-movie adaptation you have to be:
  • dark-haired
  • around 1,65-1,70m
  • dark-eyed
  • white
The fun thing is, this isn't necessarily the fault of the authors. Some of these originally were canonically diverse characters but were then white-washed for commercial success in the media.  




  • Giving people a wrong sense of what is "normal"
Shailene Woodley as Tris Prior
(Divergent)
As a biracial woman, I hardly see myself represented in traditional media. Whether it's movies, books, or just advertisements. 

If you can't find a single character to properly identify with in media, you're probably going to feel like the odd one out. Of course it's impossible to make everyone feel included and represented, but is it too much ask to at least have a little diversity? I can't name more than five books at the top of my head that have characters in there that are specifically stated to be not white, not straight, not able-bodied.  

It has gotten so far that I as a reader assume everybody to be white and heterosexual unless stated otherwise. This is terrible and I absolutely feel ashamed of that if I'm being honest. I haven't noticed that I'm doing this until recently. To me the average YA heroine has a specific face. I guess that I'm not the only one, judging by the fact that the cast of the most popular franchises looks almost always the same.

I assume that everyone who is reading this would be surprised to see a girl in a wheelchair or an asexual black girl as a heroine. Don't tell me you wouldn't even notice, because that's not true. We are used to seeing the same faces / types of characters all the time that we don't even pay much attention to the fact the issues of other cultures are completely ignored.

  • Ignoring the Age of Globalization
You'd think that in a world where you can travel from one continent to the next in a day at will, there would be more intersection of cultures, people, habits and other things. 

The truth is, as a European I am rarely actively confronted with cultural diversity in media as I am in real life. 

Zoey Deutch as Rose Hathaway
(Vampire Academy)
If you look at your friends, I'm sure not all of them are Katniss Everdeens and Clary Frays. Not all teenagers are the same and not everyone has the same problems. There are so much different influences that you get as a citizen of the 21st century, yet none of them are represented in the media. Want to put it to the test?
  1. Name a book character wearing a hijab. Now name someone you know wearing a hijab.
  2. Name a book character with a disability. Now name someone you know with a disability. 
  3. Name a book character that's not a native of the country the book is set in. Now name someone you know that's not a native of your home country.
  4. Name a book character that's not heterosexual. Now name someone you know that is not heterosexual.
It's not like I'm making this stuff up. Different kinds of humans exist and it's a shame that some people don't even know about this because there is little to no representation. 

I wanna see different cultures.
I wanna see different people.
I wanna see new stories. 

I'm not talking about seeing a new dystopian or fantasy world, I wanna see real people going on those adventures.

What the problem is not:

  • Having white, heterosexual, able-bodied characters in the lead roles
Lily Collins as Clary Fray
(City of Bones)
I'm not saying that authors should only write about Black, Latino, Asian, or other characters, I'm saying that it's time to mix it up. 

There is nothing wrong with having a heterosexual white dark-haired girl 16-year-old girl in the leading role. 

But I'd like to see someone else once in a while. 

It's tiring to see the same people on the time, at this point I can assure you that I'd recognize at least one face in any upcoming YA book-to-movie adaptation, because I feel like the same actors are playing the same roles all the time.








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