March 21, 2017
Hello, my friends
I’ve decided to write like this to give you a sense of the flow of Wallflower instead of a regular review. Wallflower is about high school, about all of the clichés of high school, really. And now it’s been proven that a predictable book of cliches can be a really, really good book.
Think of your high school. Not the worst part or the best part, but the parts that happened the most, that would normally fade against the sharper memories. Maybe the music you would listen to through your headphones. Wallflower repeatedly mentions music.
Was there a guy or girl that you really liked, maybe even loved, but you never really talked to them like your fantasies could materialize. You just talked to them like they were normal people. That’s sort of how Charlie and Sam are, except they’re best friends.
Maybe this post is stupid. And that’s ok. I didn’t say much, I just tried to write like Charlie does. Did you read it or see the movie?
This is my favorite quote:
Most, if not all, of the sci-fi and fantasy i’ve read star men. Every Bradburian, Adams, and Scott Card star men. the women, when they’re there, are either romantic partners or relatives. The women dominated genres are dystopian and romance, and most of the dystopians have romance! This is insulting because a) this is not the demographic of real world and b) More men in literature perpetuates more men in literature because writers are so used to men in their genre that an unconscious bias develops, creating more male characters within them. I have written more men in my sci-fi stories than i’ve realized, and I blame the man infested genre to have played a party in it.
Discuss! What sci-fi stories have you read star women? How can we train writers to be more inclusive?
So. I am currently reading five books. I normally read two or three at a time but circumstances described below occurred around the same time. Would you read a book based on the events that occurred or am I crazy?
Behind The Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo- A fellow presenter during a meeting was reading this book and recommended it because one of its’ major characters provided for his family by recycling.
Why I Write, George Orwell- I found it online when I was looking for books by George Orwell because My school library marked dozens of copies of Animal Farm as “Discard” and I wasn’t allowed to take one even though I clearly love George Orwell a lot more than they do.
Three Years With The Rat, Jay Hosking- I found it on a blog post that I can’t find again, and good riddance. The sequence of description to plot is too bulky.
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, Sandra Cisneros- I guy I like let me borrow it. Please help me because I accidently folded the cover and now there’s a crease. I can’t decide whether to give it back and feed him if he notices or buy him another book by the same author when I give Hollering Creek back. Thoughts? Oh, the book is a short story collection by the same author who wrote House on mango street.
Collapse, Jared Diamond- I was discussing the societal collapse of the island nation Nauru when she recommended this.