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Discussion: The Uncomfortable Truth about Sex in YA Novels

Content Warning & Disclaimer: In this post I will be talking candidly about sex, sexuality, and sexual attraction–specifically as it relates to teenagers. This means I will be discussing fictional characters in their teen years, and possibly classified as minors, who engage in fictional sexual activity of varying levels of consent and understanding. I will […]

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NA and YA: What’s the difference?

What is YA? This one is pretty easy for most of us: YA is Young Adult fiction. These are books that primarily target a demographic in their teens. Due to Middle Grade and NA, YA age ranges can vary by genre and author. Most YA books are meant to appeal to the ages 13-18, though […]

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Discussion: Okay, so some issues with Bridgertons…

Disclaimer: This post is not a comprehensive look at the whole Bridgertons series, as I have not finished the series. Additionally, this post is focusing on the books so I won’t be bringing up issues in the Netflix show aside from using comparisons between the two stories. Issue No. 1: The men want to be […]

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Discussion: So what is the male gaze and how can you tell when it’s happening?

All right folks, buckle in. I’m going to try to get through the long history of the feminist theory of “the male gaze” in a relatively short and sweet way–if you’re interested in all the nuance you should check out some of the theorists I mention along the way. What is the male gaze? The […]

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Discussion: Teenage Romance (Why is it so dramatic??)

Have you ever read a book and thought “Wow, this author does not remember what being X age is like?” I get that feeling a lot, especially when reading a YA/NA book in which a teenage romance is more dramatic than the average soap opera. I am willing to suspend my reality in cases of […]

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Discussion: How to Review Books Not Written For You

I’ve noticed a certain phenomenon among book bloggers in regards to “must read” popular books. Often, those that didn’t like them for one reason or another are ignored but when the drama starts it can be brutal. I’ve talked about being the right audience for a book before on my blog, discussing the fact that […]

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Discussion: Classical “Base Texts” and their role in Contemporary Novels

Have you ever found yourself reading a book and suddenly the characters are referencing a “classic” text you haven’t read? Or, alternatively, stumbled upon a book in which the characters discuss works you are familiar with, letting you experience their references fully? This is the result of “base texts,” or “basics” or “classics” being utilized […]

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Discussion: Why Happy Endings Need to be Earned

We’ve all read a story that ended with a quick wrap up of what every single character is doing now, in which all of them are happy and healthy and thriving (except for the villains of course). There’s a time and a place for these flowery happy endings, but for the most part a happy […]

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Discussion: Cheating Tropes

I’ve seen some discussions about books lately that have frustrated me, largely because they center around “the cheating trope.” For this post, I’m going to be breaking down that “the cheating trope” is actually a few key tropes with major differences, and how applying the same interpretation to all of them does a major disservice […]

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DNF Review: Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix

So normally my DNF reviews are about books, but as I tried to watch the Netflix adaptation of Tiny Pretty Things specifically as soon as I finished the book this seemed appropriate for a blog post! In fact, part of my motivation for reading the book at all was that the show suddenly seemed like […]