What’s Terrifying Teens In Today’s YA Novels? The Economy. Poverty Echoes In Young Adult Fiction – I once saw a pictoral comparison on reddit between the vision of the future in the 1950s (which was rosy and awesome) and the vision of the future now (which is basically the end of the world). This NPR article suggest that the rise of dystopian book success in YA novels speak to a teen’s fear of a doomed economy. I think that this is a big stretch but it is true that the future that is foreseen by movie makers is one of doom.
In this article, 60% of working adults hate their jobs. Wharton Business School professor Richard Shell suggests that is because people didn’t ask the right questions when they started out. I actually like what Shell is saying in this article and that is decide what success means to you because it is different for everyone (and usually a balance of feeling fulfilled and gaining external achievement markers). NPR
Fans hit by Bridget bombshell – If you are a big Bridget Jones fan, you may want to read this. You may want to pretend this last book doesn’t exist. Look, I’ve been there. I’ve bought the rage t-shirt. I’m sure it is still in my closet somewhere. The Bookseller
Why did this author do a 180 in her stance against whitewashing? – This is a rather unique situation. In Veronica Roth’s series there is a character named Four which Roth herself described as biracial even though in the book there is no specific designation of race. The actor picked to play Four is white. Maybe it wouldn’t be so important if Roth herself hadn’t said that she was against whitewashing and that she’d actively be against it in her movie:
After affirming in a Tumblr post last year that the character was actually biracial, Roth noted that she pictured him having light skin but later vowed to “use her words” to make sure that her wishes for a diverse cast were known in the event of a movie. “I really hate whitewashing,” Roth wrote. “I really do. It’s VERY important to me that it not happen.”
But Roth is thrilled with the actor picked to play Four and there is very little furor in fandom over this. So is it a big deal? The Daily Dot
Digital publishing news and views from the Firsty Group – From this post it sounds like Amazon has removed its most favored nation requirement for Marketplace sellers. I’m not sure if that means that will also extend to Kindle Direct Publishing at some point or publishers that have a direct relationship with Amazon. The Marketplace is where small businesses offer goods for sale through the Amazon portal.
“The outcome is a relief for Marketplace sellers like small traders and other online retailers, who will now be free to price as they like on Amazon, their own websites and anywhere else. One of those is FirstyFish, Firsty’s eBookstore for publishers and that offers lots of flexibility in selling to consumers. Firsty is committed to making the site an even better known and appealing option for those seeking eBooks, and it can provide an important extra revenue channel for publishers over the next few years. The site has also been re-developed and launching in the Autumn with a new catalogue of over 600,000 eBooks.”FirstyNews
Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty.
You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com