1. I mean, super weird that women are on the bestseller list because other women and girls are stupid airheads that buy stupid airhead crap, but bestsellers by men are there because they’re GOOD.

  2. It is admittedly strange to me that people get SO EXCITED about discovering underground musicians, lesser known artists, cult movies, etc., like to the point of creating entire identities based on how much “good” stuff they discover before it gets popular… even identities based on liking things because they’re NOT popular.

    But if a book isn’t on the bestseller list, it’s because that book is terrible. Obviously that’s the only answer.

  3. Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why is one of the top selling YA novels and it's for a reason! And John Green would beat out ANY of the women on your lists, half of them I've never even HEARD of. You sound like you're just jealous that your book didn't break into Amazon's top 500.

    sarahreesbrennan:

    yabookshelf:

    summerscourtney:

    aprihop:

    well for one i don’t have any books out so i don’t think that’s true. 

    but also, if you’d read ALL OF my posts, you’d have seen where i noted that i choose to recommend books by authors who need those recommendations.

    you not having heard of them? pretty much why i recommend them in the first place. if you had been following this blog, or my old YA book review blog (which is now defunct RIP), i rarely jumped on reviewing or recommending books that were getting a ton of press. my biggest joy was reviewing backlist and books that got very little publicity. there are tons of popular blogs and people who do nothing but talk about the same 15 up ‘n coming books and i wasn’t interested in it. 

    maybe i just really like books and authors and like to encourage people to read more than what everyone else is reading?

    This is a follow-up to this, where aprihop was asked to recommend “real” non-vapid teen girl YA novels after a rec post where she only listed books written by women.

    POINTING OUT, CRITIQUING AND QUESTIONING A SYSTEM OF PRIVILEGE IN YA is not an attack on your fav male ya authors.  Pointing out that your fav male YA authors BENEFIT from that system of privilege is not an attack on their talents or their hard work.  Stop derailing the conversation.  Also maybe start looking into how the whole marketing machine works too because it’s not as simple as “a good book finds a wide audience no matter who writes it, you’re just not writing good enough books.”  If that was the case, you would have heard of A LOT more of the authors on aprihop's original list.

    Great response to male privilege in YA lit and why it’s important to recommend and acknowledge that books on the NYTimes bestseller list aren’t the only ones worth reading. 

    I’m just gonna leave this here.

    http://jenniferlynnbarnes.tumblr.com/post/51744321696/for-those-of-you-interested-in-publishing-some

    Because it’s always a good time for Jen Lynn O’Clock, but it also talks about why the books you’ve heard about… are the books you’ve heard about.

    http://aprihop.tumblr.com/post/82396066271/jay-ashers-13-reasons-why-is-one-of-the-top-selling-ya

    Hint: it is not because the books you’ve ‘never even heard of’ are bad.

    God I hate everything today, but this commentary is wonderful.

    I keep reblogging these because the attitude anon is displaying is VERY common and I hear it ALL THE TIME, but for some reason certain people need “evidence” to believe it happens.

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  5. I get what you're saying about all this, but you don't have to throw male authors under the bus just to make a point about female authors.

    catagator:

    aprihop:

    there’s nowhere in this recent conversation that i do anything like that. in my initial list, i gave one (1) recommendation written by a man. because that book came to mind, because i found out memorable. 

    it’s not throwing men under the bus to talk about women first. it’s not throwing men under the bus to give recommendations that don’t include them. 

    are you wondering “but what about the men???” good. because i’ve been wondering “what about the women?” my whole fucking life. 

    I don’t think men are ever thrown under the bus. Women and people of color are. 

    So easy to be anonymous on the internet. But you don’t get respect that way. 

    I’ve written like six replies to this and deleted them all, so I’ll just reblog.

  6. Oh you want some great YA book recs that were written by men? Okay, here you go, here are some wonderful books.

    Oh wait, you meant WHITE men? No, don’t have any of those, sorry.

  7. Well now I'm curious. I looked up all of the books that you recommended and there's only one by a male writer. You know men write YA too, right? It's not just stories about vapid teen girls. There are real stories in there. Might I recommend you branch out to include more stories that aren't just about teen girls? Neil Gaiman, David Levithan, Jay Asher just to name a few.

    catagator:

    summerscourtney:

    aprihop:

     There are real stories in there

    are you trying to tell me, a woman, that a story about a “vapid” teen girl isn’t a real story? dude are you lost on the way to /r/theredpill or something?

    i’m not at all interested in the authors mentioned, or their books. they do nothing for me. if you want to recommend books to people, go ahead and do it, but i’m not going to do it for you. and for real, neil gaiman? do you even go here? 

    ok which one of you is trolling me tho

    "Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

    "Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

    "Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

    "Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

    "Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

    "Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

    Wow, every time I publish a YA novel, I hope there are at least 10 male YA writers out there to make up for my stories about vapid teenage girls.  WAIT.  What am I even saying.  My books aren’t even REAL!  They don’t even exist.  Thank goodness for that because they’re about girls.

    This is why the ongoing conversation about how undermined and discredited female YA writers are for their work is so important.  Whether or not this ask is serious—I hope it’s not, but ha ha as a YA author I’ve seen exactly this sentiment when it is—it’s super indicative of a very real and pervasive and damaging attitude that NEEDS CHANGING.  (Or wait, does it?  It’s just hurting girls, after all!  Those vapid, vapid girls.)  Also a perfect example of how any story that has value to a girl is completely devalued BECAUSE it has value to a girl.

    I mean, seriously, how can you write someone an ask like that with any kind of sincerity and not see how messed up the overall sentiment behind it is?

    ALL of this. 

    NO I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO FUCKING IDEA THAT MEN WRITE YA. WHAT A REVELATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR FUCKING WISDOM, ANON.

  8. The List List #101

  9. Why is it that fat people only have books featuring characters like them when the plot of the book centers around the most obvious thing — their being fat? Why is the character’s entire being and existence wrapped up in this one element of who they are? And why is it that losing weight is the end goal? You can be perfectly happy and healthy and active and confident and love for yourself at any size or shape or weight. It is not about the state of the body; it’s about the state of the mind. Fat is a thing you have, not a thing you are.

    The more we continue to believe that it is about the state of the body, rather than the state of the mind, the more we continue to tell fat people their state of existence isn’t okay.

    We tell them their stories — as they are — do not matter. That their stories will not matter until they reach a certain, socially-constructed, mythical ideal shape. Many times that won’t matter, either, because then their stories are about how they did it. How they “beat” fat.

    from “Fat is not a disability.” 

    I have been thinking about this again lately, as a few books rolled onto my radar in YA that feature fat main characters and yet again, the stories center around their body composition, rather than around them. The problem is if the stories we give readers featuring fat characters are about losing weight or about how fat is something to be ashamed of, then we have an issue. The number of books portraying fat characters as something more than their fat in YA can be counted on one hand. 

    Let’s try a little harder here. Fat is a state of body and that’s it. Fat doesn’t make you a type of person, it doesn’t mean you’re sentenced to a certain kind of life, and it certainly doesn’t put you into one type of story. Some fat people want to lose weight; other fat people do not. 

    My fat body is mine. It’s not yours. If you’re a writer and you want to write a fat character, remember that. You write a character’s story, not a body’s story. The character’s body is not their whole story. It is simply part of it, and I suspect that for many — most, maybe — fat is a much more minor part of their story than the books out there suggest it is.

    When the majority of books portraying fat characters are about how they’re tormented, how no one supports them, and how they’re unloved and need to lose weight (and then, even, they come to discover they’re still not loved as they wish to be), we offer no alternative narratives. We don’t tell fat teens that it’s okay to be fat. That your fat doesn’t hold you back. That, despite the brutal, awful depictions even the best allies in YA write about fat kids, it’s okay to love yourself exactly as you are and it’s okay to demand other people respect and love you exactly as you are, too. 

    I’m ready for more fat teen characters who do cool shit as they are, rather than fat teen characters who don’t get to do cool shit until they lose weight. 

    (via catagator)

    (via yahighway)

  10. PUBLISHING WRITERS OF COLOR IS NOT THAT HARD, GUYS (with tweets) · grammar_girl

    richincolor:

    catagator:

    You need to read this series of tweets about diversity in the book world from Sarah McCarry and take all of this to heart in your reading, buying, discussing, and thinking habits. This is not hard. 

    Completely on point!