So, sarahreesbrennan wrote this post and wherever you stand on the writing of fanfiction, as a writer, a reader, a scholar, a fan, this is important. To deliberately belittle, marginalize or try to humiliate someone simply because you disagree with their status as an author of published material or as a fanfiction writer is a whole bunch of messed up.
I’ve met sarahreesbrennan and heard her speak and I found her to be a wonderful, kind and giving lady. She produces YA fiction with terrific male characters (which can be few and far between in YA fiction) and YA fiction with terrific girl characters (of which there are many in YA fiction). She has LGBTQ characters. She has POC characters. sarahreesbrennan is doing more for YA fiction than we can know.
So to all the people out there that feel the need to deliberately belittle, marginalize or try to humiliate someone simply because you disagree with their status as an author of published material or as a fanfiction writer - cut the shit. Spread some love and spare the hate.
Even though she didn’t win, J.Law is still the best.
Because Jennifer Lawrence is made of WIN. WIN.
Anonymous asked: Can you explain why you love Stephenie Meyer so much? I'm just curious because I see such much hate towards her and I don't actually know very much about her other than the Twilight-y things. If you've already explained this, sorry~ xx.
I wouldn’t say I love her actually? I just think that people’s critcisms of her tend to attack her for the things that are not actually problematic about her work while simultaneously discrediting her achievements.
there’s a lot that’s problematic about twilight & the host, and therefore i assume problematic about ms meyer’s personal philosophy, and if people want to discuss that in earnest i encourage it (and i do see a lot of it on tumblr - just not nearly as much as the other kind)
in general, in popular culture - mainstream culture, i’m saying - ms meyer is attacked essentially for being a woman with a sexual fantasy that she had the audacity to pen down and share with others. quick google searches return people slamming her for being “self-obsessed, narcissistic, hypocritical and infantile” etc
for a really long time it was just hip to hate twilight. people who’d never even read it hated it - and why? examine it. it’s not entirely (or even predominantly) because the text is problematic. it’s because teenage girls love it.
i think it’s reductive and dismissive to say twilight is an awful book with no merits or good qualities; this isn’t true, it’s sold millions of copies and reached a huge audience and produced a gigantic film franchise and irrefutably changed the YA market. saying it has no merit whatsoever essentially says “everyone who enjoys this book is stupid (self-obsessed, narcissistic, etc)”. read: “teenage girls are stupid, etc”
ms meyer has come under huge amounts of media attention, largely negative. she said “I get further away [from Twilight] every day. I am so over it. For me, it’s not a happy place to be." Twilight started out for her as a passion project and has now become a source of unhappiness in her life, to the point where she no longer writes professionally, which i think is sad and unfair.
john green was right; male authors just don’t come under this same kind of fire from society at large. while i think critically examining a work like the twilight saga for its problematic elements is necessary (and twilight is fuuuull of them, from cultural appropriation to unhealthy relationship ideals), that’s largely NOT what is going on with how the media treats stephenie meyer
I think that it’s cool that we are talking about this.
And this is just a tiny point, but: Stephenie Meyer, and many other female authors, get a ton of hate for… their protagonist’s hair colour.
Bella and Stephenie Meyer both have brown hair. Brown hair! How many people in the world have brown hair? How many hair colours occur in nature?
I was so painfully conscious of the fact people would tear female MCs and their female authors apart for this that it was one of the reasons my first published heroine dyed her hair pink. (Did this cunning stratagem mean my heroine escaped hate? Spoiler: it did not, because she continued to be a lady and so did I.)
How many dark-haired nerdy boy protagonists are there, and how often do we see people going ‘AH-HA! The author too has brown hair, and at some point in their lives may have wanted people to find them attractive!’ about dude authors?
This tiny point illustrates the problem: yes women should be criticised, but every criticism tends to be piled on top of Criticism Mountain, while dudes get Criticism Molehill. Once you have seen someone laughed at a thousand times for their protagonist’s hair colour, the next criticism (however smart, however valid) gets on your last nerve.
And once you have been laughed at a thousand times, you are very unhappy. And while Stephenie Meyer has many awesome things (lots of loving fans, piles of cash moneys) I feel terrible for her about that. There’s nothing worse than being made to be unhappy about your writing, something that you once loved.
Whether you like Twilight or not, this is relevant. YA literature may predominately feature both female leads and female authors but that doesn’t mean that the literature is well respected or or that the authors of that literature are treated fairly and with dignity. As readers we’re all entitled to our opinions about the books we read. We are allowed to be critical and to expect great things and wonderful stories. What we ought to remember that while we are allowed our opinions and expectations, let us express those opinions fairly and with the dignity we would want shown to us.