The relationship between misogyny and romance: a SJM study
Why female desire* isn’t problematic, but A Court of Thorns and Roses is.
In which I wade into an issue in depth, praying that the flame war gods do not strike me down.
**Please note that this essay discusses only the misogynist elements of SJM’s writing in the ACOTAR series. There are obviously other problematic elements that require acknowledgement, but this is the one I feel confident in addressing. I haven’t read any of ACOWAR yet.**
*also, female desire in this instance refers to the desire of thepresumed female reader of romance. The reading of romance and YA is obviously not exclusive to women, although a lot of the assumptions of SJM’s work ascribe to the concept of a binary gender.
My bookshelves are always changing and expanding - I adore them so much. As you walk towards the shelves, there’s an overwhelmingly beautiful smell of books that takes over the senses. It’s magnificent.
“Well, to be honest, I was planning to woo you with my banana nut bread, but that shit ain’t happening now. So all I have left is my delicious eggs.” … “It’s really good, but you’re not wooing me.” “Oh, I’m wooing … It’s all about the stealth. You don’t realize it yet.”
“You wonder why I didn’t become bitter at the world. You wonder why I don’t resent the world. Because I knew I needed to become something that could withstand the world. For
my siblings, for my family, for anyone who’d grow up after me and need
someone to defend them when they can’t defend themselves; when they need
a shoulder to cry on or a safety net to fall in – I’m here. I’ve been
here. I’m always here.”
A masterpost of YA books (and a few crossover MG titles) to be released in December 2014. Check out this month’s new releases below. Feel free to use this as a guide to this month’s releases, but please do not repost it in its entirety elsewhere. If you found this masterpost helpful, a like, reblog, or link back to Paperback’d would be much appreciated! If you know of a YA book to be released this month that isn’t on the list, drop me a message and I’ll update it!
Every Book/Series I’ve Ever Read: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
“Love and hate are visceral. Your stomach twists at the thought of that person. The heart in your chest beats heavy and bright, nearly visible through your flesh and clothes. Your appetite and sleep are shredded. Every interaction spikes your blood with adrenaline, and you’re in the brink of fight or flight. Your body is barely under your control. You’re consumed, and it scares you.”
The biggest three Young Adult literature franchises in the past decade have been Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight. All of them were written by women.
And yet we still get articles like this:
And it annoys the hell out of me.
Because John Green has said and done some great, wonderful things. He’s also done and said some super shitty things. He’s written some decent books, and done some good charity work.
But he did not save Young Adult Literature. He did not usher in a grand new era of Young Adult Literature. If anything, he is riding on the coattails of women more successful than him in the literary world.