The Book-to-Movie Wishlist Tag

Hello there!

Have you ever found yourself reading a certain part of a book and thinking to yourself “Wow, I bet this would be really cool if it was in a movie”? If so, I can relate. That’s why I created this tag! (I don’t know if a similar one already exists out there. If so…umm…oops?)

The rules are very simple: pick 5 books that you would like to see made into movies, and talk  a little bit about why you picked those books. Then, tag 5 more people to join in the fun. You’re welcome to use the image below if you’d like.

So, here are my five choices:

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1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I really want this book made into a movie simply because of how much I love it. I want to see on screen Warner and Kenji. Plus, there’s so much drama in the book that it would make a great movie. On the downside, however, the book is told from Juliette’s point of view, and portraying the thoughts that are constantly going through her head in a movie would be difficult. I feel like if this book ever became a movie, so many things would be changed around that it could end up disappointing me.

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2. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I would absolutely LOVE to see this made into a movie! I have such an easy time picturing all of the parts of this book onscreen. Alina and the Darkling’s powers are so cool, and the setting of the book is so beautiful. Of my five choices, this has got to be the first one on my wishlist for movies.

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3. Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas

Everything about this book is just awesome. Celaena is such a kick-ass character that I need someone like her in a movie.

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4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Just imagine transitioning the creepiness of this book into a movie. Imagine freaking the audience out with what Mara sees because of her PTSD hallucinations. I. NEED. THIS. MOVIE.

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5. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

I think that this would make a great movie because I loved the relationship between the main characters, and I think that like S&B, the whole powers aspect of it would be great for a movie. I’d love to see Liam and Zu’s powers on screen!

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So those were my five choices! Here are the five people I’m tagging:

Thanks for reading!

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Let’s Talk: FE&L #5- Commentary on Rites of Passage

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Commentary on Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley

Jessica

Hey there, everyone! My name is Jessica and I’m a blogger over at The Book Bratz. 🙂

Batool was kind enough to reach out to me and ask me to do a guest post about Female Empowerment & Literature. I’ve decided that the best way to preach my message is by talking about one of my recent reads that really stuck with me for the feminism and perseverance aspects: Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley.

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Summary: Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died. So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him. As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out. At any cost. Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.

This book was really important to me because Sam’s ability to keep going even when being hated was remarkable. The other boys in her military academy made her life miserable. Why? She was just as good as any of them. She did what she was asked, behaved, and excelled in all of her activities.

She was hated by her comrades, her military family, solely because she was a girl. Right from the get-go, it was assumed that Sam wouldn’t be as good as anybody else there because she was a girl. And I find that utterly appalling. Why, just because I have an X-chromosome instead of a Y, am I not allowed to be as strong as you? As smart as you? As brave as you? Why am I expected to be dumber than a boy standing next to me because I’m a girl?

Here’s a bit of an excerpt from my review of Rite of Passage over at The Book Bratz, which you can find here:

“Some of the things that Sam had to endure just broke my heart, they were that horrible. She dealt with name calling, shoving, spitting, kicking, and even worse physical abuse that you’ll barely be able to believe. Throughout it all, Sam keeps a tough face on and sticks it out with her fellow female recruits to prove a point – they’re just as good as the boys, and they can’t be stopped.

I recommend everyone reading this book, boy or girl, at one point or another. In this book Sam McKenna experiences some hard times that none of us will ever have to endure in our lifetimes. The rigorous training at a military academy is hard enough, but dealing with the force and physical training on top of being a girl and being abused and mistreated because of your gender is just so painful to think about.

I definitely think that Hensley created an excellent character in Sam McKenna. She’s brave, and strong, and incredibly resilient, always fighting for her rightful spot in the DMA, despite how members of her own recruit company treat her.”

Any society that condones women being inferior solely because they are women…it’s just wrong. People are people. They need to be valued for their strengths and talents and abilities, not judged by the gender they come from. We’ve come a long way with gender equality, but the battle isn’t over. We still have a long way to go.

So, long story short, hats off to Hensley for whipping up such a perfect book that demonstrates that women need equality in the world – and that their gender can’t confine them to a tiny box of who they’re supposed to be. I can clearly rant about this topic forever, but I’d eventually start boring you guys. LOL. So I hope you all take the time to think about how important gender equality is, and realize that being a boy or a girl does not ever define, even for a speck of a second, who you are.


Thank you again to Batool for hosting me! If you guys ever want to pop by The Book Bratz and come say hi, here’s how you can find me:

Blog: http://thebookbratz.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebookbratz

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7255941.Jessica_Lyn_Cozzi

 

Let’s Talk: FE&L #4- Three Trends of Female Representation in Literature

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This is part 1 of James’ 2 part post. I asked James to split his post into two parts because it was a pretty long post. I will post the 2nd part soon 🙂

*Warning- this post contains some language that I don’t normally use on my blog. If that type of thing offends you, here’s your heads-up.

 


DISCALIMER: I, James, am a feminist. Yes, I am a cishet 18 year old white boy. I should

be everything a feminist is not, I know, but I am. I fully believe that women should be

treated 100% equal to men, and that extends into things that women are typically not

thought of being equal in, such as being drafted into the military, and being encouraged to

do hard labor. No one should get a pass in either direction, so long as they receive equal

compensation. That is my stance, and that is how I will hope to critique modern literature.

Further disclaimer: I’m normally not this serious, but when treading in a minefield, one

tends to tread stiffly. Hope you guys enjoy. 🙂

WARNING: Spoilers for The Hunger Games and Shatter Me series in this post!

 

 Three Trends of Female Representation in Literature

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        Batool was gracious enough to invite me to write a post on her blog giving a male perspective on female

empowerment in modern literature, as I’m sure youknow. Be aware that this post will be very critical of it in many

ways. Please don’t send me hate in the comments. I would actually welcome a civil, reasonable discussion if you

would like to debate me. I love doing that.

        Of course, one can’t have a debate unless one has material to debate, so let’s get to that, shall we?

        Plain and simple: I’m scared for women’s representation in modern literature. There, I said it. Most everything I

read nowadays, the female characters are either 1. Weak, helpless, and/or whiny; 2. Dominatrix misandrists who

antagonize everyone; or 3. So underdeveloped that they might not even be there. There are certainly exceptions to

these rules, which I will also talk about, but in Part 2. Generally, however, those are the three trends I see.

        To give you an idea of what I mean by the first point: Bella Swan, Juliette from the Shatter Me series, at least for

the majority of the time, and Anastasia Steele from 50 Shades of Grey. These characters are defined by the men in

their lives. Think about it. Whenever someone mentions the books that they’re in, who is the first character you think

of? Be honest. It was the men, wasn’t it? I had to look up Steele’s name, and with Twilight it was always Team

Edward vs Team Jacob. The fans always wanted to pick Bella’s match themselves, never considering what she might

want. Juliette is the same way. No one ever talks about how much they love Juliette. It’s always Warner, Warner,

Warner, who is, dare I say (I know, sacrilege) an enormous dick and abuser.* For now, though, consider what the

implications of girls reading these books and connecting with these characters means? They idolize these men,

putting themselves down and giving all of the power to the men, who are lifeless, soulless, power-hungry jerks who

want only what they can’t have (With Edward, it’s the fact that he can’t break into Bella’s mind; with Grey, it’s

Steele’s entire life, with Warner it’s Juliette’s power that he wants to use, with the added benefit of sex). In all three

cases, it looks bad on all both sexes, as neither real men nor women are all exactly like this, yet these are popular.

Yes, I will admit that there are men like that who want nothing more than power and sex and other things they can’t

have, but more often than I would like to see, nobody seems to address that there are women who submit to men like

this. And it makes me really, really sad when I see women in my own world fawning over men like this, almost

wanting to replace these unfortunate women who are trapped in these situations and go along with them. It appears

to be the norm in modern society to make young girls believe that a mentally abusive relationship IS acceptable, and

yet physically abusive ones are not. If that is so, then we still live in a rape culture society, and that these problems

appear to go unnoticed, even encouraged by women, both old and young alike, makes me very, very scared.

         To my second archetype of modern female literature, it’s not exactly one that really appears in modern

LITERATURE, so much as modern LIFE. For too often, I’m seeing young women in various media harshly attacking

anyone who dares criticize feminism or attempt to see an alternate, not necessarily defensive, mind you, view of a

certain event that has feminist implications. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen someone who could be making a

perfectly rational point about something almost immediately get “FUCK YOU, WHITE CISHET FUCKBOY TRASH!”

or something to that effect. It makes me really sad, because it wounds me as a person that stereotyping and

assumption of this nature is accepted, and often encouraged, by the poster’s peers. It wounds me because I am a

white cishet boy and I am nothing like those misogynistic assholes who write things like “I’d fuck her pussy, then

cum on her face.” on a picture of Ellen Page in sweatpants. In fact, I am positively repulsed and disgusted. Those are

the kinds of people who deserve a punch in the head, but I wish it wasn’t assumed by every single woman in the

world that white men of any age are raging, sex-crazed misogynists. In fact, if they turn right around and say that

they want someone like any of the previously mentioned men, then it’s downright hypocritical. Yes, I understand

you’ve endured it for thousands of years. Yes, I know you want to be treated equally now. Yes, I know it looks like

nothing is happening, but please, please, don’t assume. Things are changing, and for the better. Lashing out isn’t

going to help your case. In fact, it’s going to make it look really bad in the eyes of everyone. Martin Luther King Jr.

knew the value of not being the aggressor. That was how he achieved change, Quiet demonstration en masse, with no

yelling insults, throwing stones, or causing damage. Just sitting in an area that will cause a disturbance and letting

the other people make a mistake. By lashing out, anyone who intends to cause change not only invalidates their

cause, but they also run the great risk of setting it back by any number of steps. Now this does not mean I

want women or other minorities to ignore or not question any critiques that people have on events. In fact, I

encourage them to seek it out and question it, but I truly wish that argument skills were better taught worldwide,

because the way to win is again, to seem like the peaceful defender, or else make the other person look like an

absolute fool. Stephen Colbert knew how to do that with the Colbert Report. Using words and policies from people he

disagreed with IRL and making them into a joke, using himself as the channel. It’s a brilliant form of humor and

protest, and it reminds us all that questions, not punches, lead to change. So yes, question everything, comment on

posts. Be angry, but do not lash out with an insult, assumption, or stereotype, because you yourself can easily look

foolish or radical. Arguments need to be made, but they need to be made smartly and carefully. The internet may

encourage immediacy, but train yourself to be considerate and thoughtful in your immediacy, and funnel your rage

into productive advancement.

        And I can already see some of you scrolling down into the comments to type “Oh, look at the butthurt fuckboy

crying about how his dick has been swatted. Boo hoo, must be so hard having every advantage in life.” right now. I

would urge you to please reconsider. I may have some advantage in my future, and if I do, yes, I’m probably going to

be ignorant of sexual profiling is going on, but that’s the big problem: Few, if any actual men know if they are

being given an advantage. Far more often, the profiling happens above where the majority of us are. The powerful

men may be sexist, but power is a pyramid, the more one has, the fewer fellows you have among you. And power

corrupts. Power is the single most addictive drug that humanity possesses. Therefore, the more power one acquires,

the more one fights to exclude others from becoming involved with it, and the far more likely one is to share it, when

one does, with one close in ideals with oneself. And often, those who are really addicted to power or the idea thereof,

will be far more ruthless in going about acquiring it, and if men are already in power, they will be more likely to trust

men to continue to carry it, and if one man who is seriously addicted is hired by a mild addict, the addiction cycle is

much more likely to intensify. The classic example is the good king who unwittingly passes his throne onto the evil

son, who excels at everything and is therefore assumed to be the better candidate, than the son, or even the

daughter, who is more like the father, but perhaps has some flaw that prevents them from getting the throne,

whether it be oppression by the other sibling, unwillingness to kiss butt for the throne, or simple tradition. My basic

point is, men may have an advantage, yes, but more often than is assumed, they do not actively seek it. The most

effective solution I can see to this problem is to have some men and women both who are hungry for their own

power, but then consciously look for people who are more moderate and fair in their power policies and install them

as successors. Moderation is the key to everything. Nobody likes a radical, except other radicals.

        The third archetype is one that has started to be moved away from, thanks to large outcry in recent years, but it

has not entirely gone away. Honestly, it might have started to morph into something potentially worse. Good news:

Yes, I am seeing the trends towards marginalized female characters being shifted away from now, and I am very

happy for that. Bad, very bad, news: I’ve started to see marginalized male characters, especially in female-centric

media. Things that have all-female lead casts (Bridesmaids, the new Ghostbusters, etc) always have that hot male

character who is just there for the sex appeal and for some stupid jokes. This is the same trend as in the past except

now it is going in the opposite direction. This is bad, bad, bad. It’s starting to slip into the same realm as previous

media, but with the genders reversed, which is a major Don’t in any minority-coming-to-prominence sort of protest.

In fact, that’s beginning to mislabel and twist the word “feminist”. By creating a two-sided group of media, one

creates polarization of issues, which leads nowhere. An integrated cast of male and female cast members in the new

Ghostbusters film, for example, would’ve been much better, and it would’ve opened the doors for a breakdown of the

assumption that equally mixed teams by gender have to be romantically linked in some way. In fact, there was a

glaring opportunity to have a male character try to be romantically involved with one of the female leads, dating and

such, perhaps, and then have her realize it won’t work out, and there’s some conflict about whether they can work

together because of the tension, but then at the final battle they have a moment of friendship and they realize that

despite not being romantic partners, they can still be fantastic friends. It provides a perfect metaphor for feminism

and equality, and it’s not possible to get if the woman, OR the man, is the focus of the book/film. There needs to be

equal focus for it to be truly progressive, or else it just becomes an effective war of the sexes, which is not what is

needed. No film, nor book, can go without marginalized characters, of course, but neither can a film that is meant to

be made with the intent of showing equality between the genders be equal if one gender is left out. All-

female=/=equal. And now, of course, I’ve sufficiently pissed off a large portion of this group by sounding like a

meninist, which I am not, for the record. I’m not saying I am repressed, not by any means. I’m simply trying to

prevent things from going too far, like the colleges who were accepting black students who were clearly unqualified

for their admittance only because they were black and they had to have a quota, I’m trying to address that writing

anything in the present or future that has a female character in it only for the sake of having a female character at the

cost of perhaps dragging out or weighing down a story that would’ve been better otherwise is not helping anyone. My

point is, don’t market something as equality-minded when it clearly is not. Sure, write a book with all-female

characters. Be my guest, but don’t take something as iconic as, say, Lord of The Flies and rewrite it with all girls

and say “Hey, haha! We can do this, too!” and then get people to say “Oh, what a great step forward in feminism.”

when it clearly is not. Feminism is about equality, not a cheap rehash. I could say more on the subject of lack of

originality in modern life, but that’s for another time. For now, though, I encourage all of you young female authors

and publishers out there to be mindful of how you want to market your work and please don’t give a false impression

simply for the sake of sales.

(Part 2 is far more positive, believe me.)

*If you choose to follow this tangent, I am grateful to you. The fact that Warner is idolized by so

many young girls nowadays is positively frightening to me, so thank you for taking the time to

read this. In regards to how I see Warner: He’s an abusive, power-hungry, whiny idiot who only

cares about Juliette’s power and how he can make her do what he wants he to. He doesn’t care

about her at all. I can see Tahereh Mafi trying to make him seem like a good guy at times

throughout her series, but she never really succeeds and all of the attempts end up seeming like

Warner’s feeble struggles with his own humanity, which he ultimately rejects. Think about it.

Literally the first thing Warner does to Juliette is to kill a man in front of her, no context, no

nothing. Then he proceeds to oppose her will at every possible occasion, never once actually

listening to her and letting her have some free will. It’s always take, take, take, no give. “But he

was doing that to show her her own power!” Really? Really? Yeah, no. If he wanted to do that,

he would’ve actually TOLD HER TO HER FACE, “Hey, I don’t think you should be in here. I

think you have a gift that could be something great for the world. Please, come with me and I’ll

see if I can help you learn how to control it.” What does he do instead? Sticks her in a death

chamber with a fake little boy and tells her to save him or have his blood on your hands. That’s

not nurturing, that’s mental abuse. Not to mention that every opportunity he gets he’s putting his

hands all over her like a little creepy urchin. Not to mention every time Juliette tells him to leave

her alone, he comes creeping right back to her like the perverted psychopath he is. “But his dad

made him that way!” So? Doesn’t mean he’s a good person. Take Joffrey Baratheon from Game

of Thrones. Same sort of deal. His father neglected and beat him and didn’t care for him at all

except to teach him how to play with weapons, and yet everyone wants Joffrey dead when he and

Warner say and do almost exactly the same things. Why, I ask all of you? Why? It makes no

sense. Even in Warner’s own powers you can see what he does to his world. He takes from

others, always taking, never giving. He literally can not do anything to Juliette but rob her.

Adam, by contrast blocks everything, keeps everyone away, keeping her outside of him, leaving

her vulnerable and fighting to get in. Kenji turns invisible and removes himself from the world,

and the situation, and people’s lives, but still there even if they don’t see him, a silent sense of

security, ready to come back any time he’s needed, but able to go if not. I think it’s obvious who

Juliette really should’ve been with and I’m kinda sad how the story was resolved. Kenji was the

only person who was there for her unconditionally. She never felt uncomfortable around him and

he always treated her like a person, like she actually had more to her than a hot body or a strong

power or a fragile psyche. No, Kenji treated her like a complex human being. And so what if

they’re best friends? Best friends becoming more than friends are the best kinds of relationships

because they’re the ones who can respect each other beyond “Oh, hey, you feel good when I

touch myself to you.” Kenji, not Adam or Warner, is Juliette’s true match.


 

Well, hello, Batool’s readers! My name is James. @felofHe on Twitter,

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/30420091-james on Goodreads (don’t have a custom

URL), and ihearthawkeye.wordpress.com on WordPress for those of you who are interested in

Marvel stuff.

Let’s Talk: FE&L #3- A Celebration of Empowering Females

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 A Celebration of Empowering Females

Angelina and Brianna (otakutwins)

When Brianna and I were asked to do a blog post about empowering women, we jumped at the chance. Hey, blog tours are fun, and empowering characters are powerfully real. They face the darkest of moments and bring light to the situation,they see the good in people and help them no matter what. Empowering means to make stronger or more confident, to liberate or set free from something.

We think that it is important that main characters don’t hold back, they should motivate, empower, move the reader. Girls aren’t here to look pretty okay? Girls are more than beauty, they are strong inside and out, we can fight just as hard and just as good as the boys. Books are very influential, they can leave a reader with sadness, happiness, anger (cliffhangers people!) so it’s important that books shed positive light on girls (and boys!) Books need to have those characters who don’t just sit and dote over  boys, because we are more than that. Sure, we can crush on guys but we can also crush evil.

This post is to celebrate girls, to celebrate what we are and who we can become. Brianna and I decided to put together a list of all the girls we feel have that ability to empower.

*When we think of empowering we mostly think of strong characters and we’re going to talk about some maybe not so well known ones.*

 

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It is no secret (or maybe it is O_O) that I ADORE The Lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Lets be honest here, main characters can make or break a book for the most part at least. There has to be some connection with the characters, some part of their story that draws you in. Cinder, Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer are a-mazing characters who definitely make the book, and without them The Lunar Chronicles would be different (duh!).

  • Cinder is a mechanic which isn’t very common as far as I know, she isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She is exactly what we feel a good main character makes, kind, fearless, strong. Cinder has her faults as we all do, but her story is one that is easy to fall in love with.

“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.”- Cinder

  • I haven’t read Cress yet, so I decided to add Scarlet along with Cinder because I felt that she was just as good. Driven by her motivation to save her Grandmother, Scarlet is constantly doing whatever she can to find her. She is a lot like Cinder (okay not a lot, she has similar characteristics though), she is a dedicated character, once her mind is set it is set! Scarlet is strong, and wont take no for an answer, even when things seem hopeless, she manages to escape, to find a way out or a way around.

“I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you.”-Wolf to Scarlet

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  • Maximum from Maximum Ride by James Patterson is in my opinion, a very popular author. One of his more popular titles is Maximum Ride. She’s a character whom I think would be another perfect example. She’s a leader of her flock, a person who knows how to kick butt and speak her mind. She’s witty and kind of cool!

“I don’t damsel well. Distress, I can do. Damseling? Not so much.”

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  • Megan from Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is another awesome example, she’s just so dang cool! She fights tough and works hard. I could say so much more, but I wouldn’t want to spoil anything. If you want a good character who knows how to show people that women too can be tough then I think Steelheart is a good example. \(^-^)/ I can’t find a good quote from/about her so sorry about that!

Also, there are characters that empower us not through their fighting skills in a dark perilous world, but rather their kind words and hopeful outlook in the world. They might not fight evil giants with magical powers or guns, but they have words and hope that empower people in other ways!


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Lina from Between Shades of Gray is one of these characters. She fights not to defeat but to survive. She comes through a dark time in history, sent to Siberian concentration camps, forced to work and live there, separated from her family. Truly a sad story only based on true events.

“You stand for what is right, Lina, without the expectation of gratitude or reward.”

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Ellen Foster from How I Fall by Anne Eliot was another character I looked up too. She didn’t swear, didn’t beat people up or hate the world that much. She just had simple hope that I loved. She wasn’t vulgar at all and her simplicity is another thing that I think could inspire people to be and do good.

 Honorable mentions!

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Celeana from Throne of Glass

Eleanor from Eleanor and Park

Winry from FMA

Sophie from Howls Moving Castle

Annabeth from Percy Jackson

Cia from The Testing

Heather from Panic

Melanie from The Host


14Reading for over 14 years Angelina and Brianna (otakutwins) have enjoyed every second of it. If it’s a sad book, and action, thriller, survival, fantasy, fiction book, they will (most likely) read it! They are really excited to start reviewing books for the first time ever and hope you join them with this new experience together. They’d love to hear about books you’ve read or recommend too!

 

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LET’S TALK: FE&L #2- Badass Female Protagonists in YALit

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Badass Female Protagonists in YALit

Andrew

Hello everyone, i was invited by Batool to write/discuss about female empowerment in YALit. Thanks Batool for inviting me to share my thoughts!

I’ll be here today talking about my favorite badass female protagonists in YA! Funny story is, as I look around my bookshelves, I notice how many books I have written by female authors with badass female protagonists. I don’t know why i’m always so attracted to them, the cover, the author, the concept, the female protagonist? I don’t know, but what i do know is what I love most about them:

  1. Strong stories with deeper meanings
  2. Strong Female Protagonists (Whether they’re saving the world or discovering life)
  3. Stronger friendships

The words that keep popping up are ‘strong’. It’s true, look at Katniss Everdeen (standing up for what she belives in), Tris Prior (putting everyone’s life before her own) and so many more. They’re are real and flawed. Believable and relatable. Female empowerment in YALit, to me are very important for guys and girls to read. It could give them a better meaning of Feminism and its importance in society today. I, myself am a feminist and truly believe women need to be equal to men. They should have the same opportunities as men, paid the same and they should be any different. It’s really unfortunate to see the struggle.

So as I said before, let me show you who my favorite Badass Female Protagonists are!

KATNISS EVERDEEN (The Hunger Games)

TRIS PRIOR (Divergent)

ELISA DE VEGA (The Girl of Fire and Thorns)

ROSE HATHAWAY (Vampire Academy)

Not only are these four young woman ‘Strong’ and ‘Badass’, but are all woman with insecurities. They are flawed and when i read their transformations throughout their stories, i could believe them. They were true.

The importance of having books about having female empowerment in YALit, is how it can impact someone’s life. Like mine, every book has taught me something, but Tris taught me to be ‘brave’ and Katniss taught me how to stand up for myself. It can give a young woman/man insight on why Woman should be equal with Men. There is no middle or inbetween. No ifs, or buts.

Equality for all is key.

 


 

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Let’s Talk: FE&L #1- Should YA Authors Write Empowered Female Protagonists?

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Why Are Empowering Female Characters Important? 

Eden

Writing empowered female characters in YA Literature

I was invited by Batool to write about female empowerment in Young Adult books and literature. Thank you so much for asking for my thoughts!

At first I wasn’t sure where to start – do I talk about my favorite strong female characters? Do I share how I don’t always like my female protagonists to be a badass? Or do I write about my experiences as a Teen Librarian, and what I see teens reading and requesting?

Turns out, none of those things are what I want to talk about. I want to have a conversation with other YA readers & reviewers about whether YA authors should write their female protagonists as empowered. This is intended to make you think, to bring up questions for discussion, and not as an accusation or social statement.

Why do we need strong female protagonists?

While there is evidence that positive role models in books and other media have positive influences on youth, there is a definite lack of evidence that negative or neutral characters have negative effects.

What does this mean? That there is no consensus on whether characters who are not strong influence their readers to be that way as well. This is a similar concept to the idea that youth who enjoy violent video games are not influenced by them to be more violent.

I do agree that strong and positive role models in fiction for young adults are important, and they do have a positive impact on a lot of young readers. On the other hand, if the majority of YA readers want to read books with strong female protagonists, then I think the YA market will reflect that. Publishers know what they’re doing, and they’ll respond to what the readers want.  And there should be books like this available for all genders of readers. And there are:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/18/ya-books-heroines-_n_4467453.html

http://www.gurl.com/2014/01/06/ya-novels-strong-female-heroine-characters/#1

http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/03/20/strong-female-characters-ya-lit/

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/31157.YA_Books_with_Strong_Female_Characters

The responsibility of the author

However, does this mean that YA authors should write their characters as empowered, strong, and positive? Is it the responsibility of the YA author to create fiction that will have a positive influence on the reader?

I don’t think so. In my opinion, the author has little to no responsibility or obligation to write their characters a certain way. A female protagonist does not have to be a kickass heroine who saves the world all on her own. She doesn’t have to stand up to the oppression from her evil stepmother, or fight back against her abusive boyfriend or girlfriend. For one thing, that isn’t realistic or representative of female behavior. Second, the author has no obligation to send a message of empowerment to his or her readers. The author doesn’t have to send any message at all – they can simply tell the story they want to tell, and if  they want to have a feminist message they can do so. Or not. It is up to them.

The authors telling the story are able to tell whatever story they want. I can make criticism of the story, and discuss how it could have been better or worse; as a reviewer I can discuss the appeal or lack thereof of a particular character, and also why I did or did not like that character. It is their story, their product to sell, their made-up world, and I personally feel that I have no right to tell them how they should and should not write.

Questions for discussion

Does that sound controversial? If you think so, I would like to know why. I understand that my opinion differs from the majority of YA readers, and I would very much enjoy having a discussion about other viewpoints.

Why do you think we need strong female protagonists in YA literature?

Do you also think we need weak, un-empowered female characters?

Do you feel the author has a responsibility to the readers, and how so?

What obligation does the author have to the reader, when designing characters?

Have female characters in YA made a strong impact on your or someone you know? How so?

Further reading:

http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2013/03/14/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-strong-heroines-in-young-adult-fiction/

http://www.stackedbooks.org/2013/06/female-sexuality-in-ya-fiction_2136.html

http://commons.emich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1356&context=honors

http://www.readingteen.net/2014/10/on-author-responsibility-in-ya-books.html

http://leighannkopans.blogspot.com/2012/04/do-ya-writers-have-responsibility-to.html


 

eden

Eden Grey is a Teen Librarian and YA Lit reviewer. You can find her on Twitter –@edynjean– and Blogging Between the Lines. Eden also contributes to Teen Services Underground and YA Books Central.