Where the Wild Things Are – Adaptation and Representation

The New York Times Magazine has a wonderful article on Spike Jonez’s adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are. For fans of the book, the thought that the studio was afraid the adaptation was “too weird and scary” is nothing but good news, and it sounds like Sendak is behind both Jonze and the adaptation all the way. Continue reading “Where the Wild Things Are – Adaptation and Representation”



Scott Westerfeld, author of the fantastic YA sci-fi series Uglies, has a new novel coming out in October. Set in 1914, Leviathan is an alternate history novel that gives the steampunk treatment to WWI-period Europe. Given the intelligence and sensitivity of Uglies, this should be worth snatching up in hardcover. Continue reading “Leviathan”

Notes on Genre: Urban Faerie

One of the most lively and interesting genres in YA fiction is urban faerie – fairy tales set in cities, where the city is a vital part of the story. Drawing on elements of the adolescent problem novel, urban fiction, magical realism and the New Wave Fabulists, the genre generally eschews the more Baroque elements of typical fantasy for a grittier, more goth (as opposed to Gothic) aesthetic. Continue reading “Notes on Genre: Urban Faerie”