It’s amazing how many different ways you will hear this kind of sentiment leaving the mouths of a disappointing amount of people. Another book about a girl falling in love. Another book about a girl with trauma. Another book about mean girls. Oh no not another book about a girl that is breathing and alive and on and on and on. Why write them? When is enough enough with these girl stories?
It seems to me that if more women are writing YA than men, and your panels and lists are only full of men, then you must be working pretty hard to exclude women—or you aren’t working hard enough to diversify your reading. Of course, no one should tell you what you should read, even though you’re missing out on most of the good stuff, but if you’re informing what children and teens are exposed to, then it actually is your responsibility to read more widely, recommend a broader variety of books, and strive for more gender parity and diversity in your panels and author visits.
Hi Courtney! I was wondering what your feelings are on the Jensen Ackles beard situation? Specifically, how would you rank it in terms of the highly scientific Joshua Jackson Scale? At what point would it become a Supernatural deal-breaker? I feel like we need more discussion of this Very Important Matter on your Tumblr.
Well, ANONYMOUS (if that IS in fact your real name), it JUST SO HAPPENS I did a podcast with the lovely ladies at Clear Eyes, Full Shelves where I expounded on my feelings about Jensen Ackles’s between seasons beard and his alarmingly increasing stubble levels on the show. My feelings about his facial hair are surprisingly strong, for something that is probably truly none of my business (I may have over-reached a tad in describing it in the podcast itself cough). You will note that the banner image sarahmoon (MAYBE YOU KNOW HER) used for the podcast is of Jensen Ackles’s beardless face and I think that alone is an argument for why no beard is necessary. HIS JAWLINE IS TOO GREAT TO CONCEAL. WHY. So I guess the moment I cannot see his jawline on Supernatural is the moment I stop watching it. On the highly scientific Joshua Jackson Scale. It does not even register, it is that unwelcome.
I hope this clears things up.