Feb 28 2013
Thursday News: Gender swap thoughts in 2000; Irene Adler’s character assassination; and Jacqueline Mitchard’s earrings
Further Hingston argues that subsequent releases of the books in other forms that contain “bonus” material are kind of a finger to the eye of the reader. Hingston suggests that readers who formerly would buy hardcovers will actually make up the loss of dollars in volume. That’s the argument for low priced books but the ebook volume hasn’t fully made up for the decline of print books. Edmonton Journal
According to i09′s interpretation, Adler is quick witted, insightful, a dab hand at disguises, and quite an honorable person. So honorable that the King, whom she fears, declares at the end that her word is “inviolate.”
Yet, modern adaptions show none of this. Perhaps because it is a result of casual internalized misogyny or lazy storytelling or both.i09
A library will be in the middle of this new public space that will also include a huge garden, an amphitheater, water play area and music rooms. Pretty cool. h/t MediaBistro. Sydney Morning Herald
“Junior high school students in north-midwestern states (Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota) were asked what they would do if the next morning they awoke to find themselves transformed into the opposite sex. The girls thought about the question for a while, expressed modest disappointment, and then described the kids of things they would do if they were suddenly transformed into boys. Become a doctor, fireman, policeman, or baseball player were typical answers. The boys, by contrast, took virtually no time before answering. “Kill myself” was the most common answer when they contemplated the possibility of life as a girl.”
From The Gendered Society by Michael S. Kimmel, 2000, Oxford University Press. There are so many sad things about this paragraph from the girls’ ideas that doctor, fireman, and policeman are vocations that are closed to them unless they had a penis or the boys’ utter disdain of a girls’ existence.
The way the PW article attempts to establish Mitchard’s YA creds is a bit bizarre.
While she may be best known for her adult work, Mitchard not only writes for young people but is especially passionate about the impact of books on teens. She arrived at lunch wearing a pair of earrings based on Betty Smith’s novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, a personal favorite of hers.