words like “shit” and “fuck” and “hell” and “damn” are like kitchen knives. most of the time you’re going to be using them for some practical purpose. you stubbed your toe or got a flat tire or are shocked by something. all very practical, typical things that happen….
“Your memory is a monster; you forget—it doesn’t. It simply files things away. It keeps things for you, or hides things from you—and summons them to your recall with will of its own. You think you have a memory; but it has you.”—John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany (via simply-quotes)
“‘It is, it’s one of the greatest parts you’ll ever play as an actress. Except it’s the reverse of Hamlet because he spends three hours worrying and does nothing, whereas Medea takes an hour and 15, massacres the whole fucking stage and walks off. But it’s great because she uses every shred of femininity that she has to do it, and she also has the complexity of guilt.’”—Helen McCrory, answering the question “Is Medea a bit like a female Hamlet?” (via notabuddhist)
TALK ABT THE YA NOVELS YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD
FUCKING HELL MADDI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MORE YA NOVELS WITH SPECIFIC, PRESENT SETTING. fewer ya novels in Generic American Middle-Class Town. more ya novels set in alaska. more ya novels set in hong kong. more ya novels set in sierra leone. the whole point of books is that they can Take You Anywhere, so take us everywhere, take us places that the author spent their adolescence in, take us places that the author knows like the back of their hand, take us places that the author loves
MORE PRETEEN LESBIAN ROMANCES there are like 3 things i care about in the world more than “12-year-old girls being awkwardly romantic with each other” and most of them are “12-year-old girls falling in platonic love” and “12-year-old girls in love that is ambiguously romantic or platonic”
i am saying this as a girl who is not interested in stem subjects: more girls interested in stem subjects. girls who are prodigy computer programmers. girls who build robots and enter them in competitions. girls doing calculus. tbh: i want this because i just wanna see my friends in ya books
man, what the hell is the point of ya books that aren’t funny. even the worst heterosexual-white-people-love-triangle can be rescued if it’s honest-to-god funny. snarky narrators 5ever.
(i wanna give a shout-out here to rosemary clement-moore, who writes amazingly funny prose and whose protagonists are always ridiculously brilliant. prom dates from hell is a strong contender for maybe my favorite ya book ever.)
more mythology and folktales, esp. non-greek and non-british. (i am never ever ever going to get tired of the sidhe court but it would also be cool to explore, like, other folktales. charles de lint tends to be good at this!)