Upcoming Smeyer

The unstoppable Smeyer machine keeps chugging along: a new novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner drops 5 June, just before the release of Eclipse in theaters. Here’s the deets over at B&N. And a synopsis: Continue reading “Upcoming Smeyer”


Twilight the Graphic Novel Redux

This week saw the release of both the New Moon DVD and the Twilight graphic novel. Whoo hoo. I somewhat shamefacedly purchased the DVD (at the same time, I bought Where the Wild Things Are to maintain balance in the universe, and Becky bought one too, so I wasn’t alone in my shame), but am waffling about whether or not to buy the graphic novel. I am a casual manga fan, love love love the Holly Black g.n., and kind of feel obligated to own a thing if I’m going to bitch about it loudly after a couple of glasses of Malbec, so I decided to check out some of the reviews. Continue reading “Twilight the Graphic Novel Redux”

Meyer vs. the Quileute

Hop on over to the New York Times (while it’s still free online) and check out Angela R. Riley’s op-ed “Sucking the Quileute Dry.” In Riley’s account, vampirism becomes a metaphor for the exploitation of the tiny tribe’s cultural legacy by Meyer and the Twilight machine. (I’ve alluded elsewhere to the implicit racism in the representations of the Quileute boys in New Moon, so this latest callous wrinkle should come as no surprise.) Continue reading “Meyer vs. the Quileute”

Bad Moon Rising

I went to New Moon last night with my friend Becky. She’s a better blogger than I am, a sincere and unrepentant feminist, and a YA lit fan. She’s also my chosen movie companion, joining me for Where the Wild Things Are, two Harry Potter movies, and even the execrable Transformers 2 (how do you make a robot battle movie boring? Ask Michael Bay.). Anyway, Becky and I have been discussing the Twilight phenomenon, how alarmed we are by its inveterate anti-feminism, how much Becky wants to marry (or something) Robert Pattinson, and how werewolves can be cougar-bait for some time now and so, though we had some mixed feelings about it, we decided to go to a late show on a school night (to minimize the number of squealing tweens we’d have to sit next to). Continue reading “Bad Moon Rising”

Some Books Are to Be Tasted

In Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart, the plaque on the door to Mo’s bookbinding workshop bears the legend:

Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly. 

Now just about anyone who has completed a Brit Lit I course (or had to teach one), will recognize this as a paraphrase from Francis Bacon (philosopher, not painter). Continue reading “Some Books Are to Be Tasted”


I snagged Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan the minute it dropped. (Simon Pulse, ISBN: 9781416971733) I was out in Massachusetts on a research fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society and didn’t have time to read it all the way through right away, so picked up the audio book version as well (ISBN: 9780743583886). Continue reading “Leviathan!”

Gay Vampire Boyfriends

In the latest issue of Esquire, columnist Stephen Marche offers an intriguing take on the current vampire craze.  In “What’s Really Going on With All These Vampires,” Marche proposes that the vampire characters are proxies for gay men, and the fantasies encoded in books like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse books (for an older but no less fantasy prone audience), involve the awkward girl scoring with the un-gettable guy. Continue reading “Gay Vampire Boyfriends”

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”

Harry Potter: The Boy Who… umm… Drank?

The New York Times has an article on concerns about drinking in the new Harry Potter film. In a story where potion-making, -drinking, and -sneaking becomes central to the story line – from the liquid luck awarded Harry by Slughorn, to the rampant love potions, to the poisoned mead, and of course the disastrous liquor that hides the Horcrux in the sea cave, potions of some sort propel almost every twist of the plot – it’s no surprise that liquid charms would show up in the film. Continue reading “Harry Potter: The Boy Who… umm… Drank?”