Apr 4, 2013
I’m all over the internet this week
Things have been quiet around here lately because I’ve been busy writing elsewhere. Here are some links to where I’ve been this week:
Over on Diversity in YA, I’ve been blogging about Diversity in 2012 Young Adult Bestsellers. This is a four-part series that continues through tomorrow, and I’ll be posting the whole shebang next week here on my website.
Over at Bitch, there’s an interesting post about Ash and Cinder — two YA retellings of Cinderella — as part of their series on Girls of Color in Dystopia. In the comments, the author of the post, Victoria Law, clarifies something she wrote by noting: “I’m not sure what to think about the publishing world accepting a book set in futuristic Beijing written by a white author influenced by Japanese manga while the Asian-American author felt that she had to keep her characters racially ambiguous in order to attract a publisher.”
I tried to leave a comment there but was foiled by Captcha! (My most hated thing!) But I wanted to share the post and to respond with:
I just wanted to note that this is what I felt BEFORE I got published. That was when I did not really know much about publishing. Now that I’ve written four novels and am beyond my pre-publishing concerns, I don’t feel that way anymore.
I think it’s more complicated now. I think that while many publishers are actively looking for diverse content to publish, that doesn’t mean they’ll put a lot of marketing behind it. A book with wonderfully complex minority characters could be published and die by simply not being carried by Barnes & Noble.
Finally, if you’d like to read more about why I envisioned the characters in Ash as looking Asian but did not describe them that way, you should read this post.
And just for fun, over at School Library Journal, Adaptation is included in the post “Tom Cruise in Oblivion and a Round-Up of Spine-Tingling Reads for Teens.” Dodie Ownes says:
“As events unfold at a rapid pace, Lo weaves a tale that blends elements of conspiracy theory, alien encounters, and genetic experimentation with whirlwind romance, pulse-pounding action, and reader-dazzling writing. The ending is both satisfying and surprising, leaving plenty of room for a planned sequel.”
How nice! And I had no idea Tom Cruise had a new movie coming out. It’s sorta funny that I found out about it in a School Library Journal article.