First, I have to apologize for some of the giveaway rafflecopters. Rafflecopter allows us to use templates and I didn’t realize I was leaving in “Tell us your favorite New Adult” in so many of them. Blergh. I will be more careful in the future.
How Often Do You Meet “The Love Of Your Life”? – The one true love phenomenon is so strong in the romance genre that the first husband or wife is often demonized. According to one survey, 1 in 7 individuals in a relationship do not believe that they are with their one true love and that the average person has fallen in love twice and heartbroken only once. Also, remember when I blogged about how men say “I love you” in three months? The survey confirms that the average time it takes to know if you’re in love is 10 weeks. That’s fairly consistent with the dating site results. Nerve.com
DO NOT READ THIS POST: The 10 Biggest Book Spoilers, Ever – Want to know the end of a bunch of books you aren’t ever going to read but want to pretend to? BN has you covered. They tell you the outcome of 10 popular books from Ender’s Game to Anna Karenina. Classic novels contain a lot of horrible people and moroseness. Also, if you are a kid, go to gym class. That’s all I am saying. Barnes and Noble
Bored with Calibre? Try BookONO – Nate points out there is an alternative to Calibre that is based on the source code of Calibre. The program is called BookONO and it is only for PCs right now so I can’t tell you if it is any good. Any one want to be a guinea pig? The Digital Reader
Apple, closer to its vision for a TV set, wants ESPN, HBO, Viacom, and others to come along – Apple has apparently been in talks with television content providers but no concrete agreements (or not enough concrete agreements) have been accomplished that would justify rolling out an Apple television. Apple already sells a set top box that connects with iTunes to stream content but that is primarily for DVD releases and older television content. There is a lot of money in the delivery of television to consumer homes and Apple wants a piece of it. In order to get their foot inside the door, however, it needs content. What Apple needs to do is wrest away the NFL Ticket rom DirecTV. The television subscribers would come in droves. Quartz
YA Shame and Stigma – I have a lot of thoughts about this that are swirling around in my head and I think I’m going to write up a piece about YA crossover readers in a couple of weeks. Isaac Marion is the author of “Warm Bodies.” He rejects the YA label some have placed on it because despite the young age of the his protagonist, the subject matter is adult and is meant to be read by adult readers. (As I was reading this, I thought, let’s call it New Adult and really screw with his head). For the lit fic set, while YA reads might be fun, they aren’t serious novels dealing with complex issues and therefore they do not want to have this label. Read Now, Sleep Later asks these two questions:
What will it take to convince the general public that the term YA is a meaningful label for a valuable genre that encompasses a wide variety of interests and has the same fluctuations in style, complexity, and merit as any other genre of writing?
How many people avoided reading or purchasing Warm Bodies because they associated it with the YA label? How many bought it because of it?” Read Now Sleep Later