Things twittered and not blogged…

Interesting post about books published in the US and international settings.

Blogger and writer Alison Wells has a super-nifty story up this Friday: Adam, Eve, and the Indie Author.

I adore this post from agent and writer Nathan Bransford looking at writing v storytelling:

….not that every popular book is written phenomenally well, but a popular book is doing SOMETHING very well, and it’s far more valuable to try to pinpoint what that writer is succeeding at rather than simply dismissing a book as being horribly written just because you don’t like it or just because the prose isn’t top notch.
It might be the suspense, it might be the tension, it might be the pacing, it might be the setting, it might be the characters, or even more likely a combination of several different elements. But if a book is phenomenally popular, something is working that is attracting readers, and no, it’s not just the marketing.

Writer Michele Gorman muses on chick-lit and its readers, writers, and merits.

“The problem” with chick-lit, I’m told, is that it doesn’t deal with the real issues that women face. Well actually, some of it does. From sibling rivalry to infidelity, addictions to poor body image, a woman can take her pick within the genre if she wants to. And the rest of it? It’s meant for pure indulgent enjoyment, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Author Tamora Pierce on writing girl heroes and why.

But make no mistake about it: there are still more books for guys out there than there are for girls. It’s fine that people write guy heroes. But please don’t knock those of us who know that being a girl, and a woman, is a lifelong fight, on the shelves and off.

The Anti Room blog has a Q&A with Emma Donoghue as well as a variety of nifty and thought-provoking posts, including one on mean girls after school.

Finally, the third issue of the online magazine wordlegs is out now; I have a short story in there. Yayness. 🙂

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  • Janice

    This past week I’ve been thinking along the same lines as Nathan Bransford, and you know, he’s right. Who cares about too many adverbs, too many similes and metaphors? If you can get lost in a book and be satisfied by the end, then does it honestly matter if isn’t a literary masterpiece?

    Chick-Lit my not-so-guilty pleasure. The books I’ve read deal with real-life problems – domestic abuse, affairs, drugs, child abuse, alcohol etc some better than others.

    Wish there were more girl heroes. I finished a book on Thursday, God it was a struggle, and I wished the entire way through that protagonist would get her ass in gear and show some guts instead of being a simpering little girl. I promise never to create any female MCs that are weak, selfish, need-a-man-to-get-me-out-of-this-mess fools (well, unless they’re called for 😉

    • clairehennessy

      And how do we define ‘literary masterpiece’ anyway? ‘Cause if something has truly atrocious writing, it pulls the reader out of the story – a gripping story can only get you so far (admittedly that can be quite far sometimes, but still, the book is doing something right on the language-front if people are reading it).

      There is so much smart chick-lit out there…. I can understand why some writers shy away from the label because it can be used in a very dismissive way and often is, but there really is just so much good stuff out there.

      Here’s to strong female MCs! 😀

  • Margaret

    Read your short story. Nice to read a story where somebody finishes college and doesn’t know exactly what they want to do next. It seems like generally in fiction, characters finish college and just walk straight into a job they want (or the whole issue of what they want to do isn’t considered at all). I laughed at the comment about the text messages being correctly spelled, because it is exactly the sort of thing I would notice myself.

    I heard that stuff about it being difficult for books with non-American settings to get published in the US before. Not in so much detail though.

    I didn’t realise that there were so many more books for kids and teens with male heroes. I guess in some ways, it’s sadly unsurprising, but I think I tend to see as many, if not more books with female protagonists than male, possibly because of the type of books I read.

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