You see, Jen Doll at The Atlantic Wire is starting a new series, in which she (and potentially, others) look at Young Adult fiction from an Old Adult point of view. Uh, ahem?
This kicks off our new series, Y.A. for Grownups, in which we talk about Y.A. literature—from the now nostalgia-infused stories we devoured as kids to more contemporary tomes being read by young people today. Despite what Joel Stein wants, grownups are reading Y.A. Let's embrace it.I said: AHEM? Two years ago I noted, with some amusement, that the stately intellectual pillar known as The Atlantic had deigned to talk about Twilight. At the end of last year, I cited The Atlantic's continued presence in Bella and Edward's meadow as part of a disturbing trend in Internet Content: faster, dumber, shorter. A little hypocritical, I know: knocking other people for doing the sort of thing that I sometimes do. But I'm just a little guy, standing outside the fortress, throwing rocks. I expected them to return cannon fire! Instead they walked out front and started throwing my rocks, too.
Which isn't to say that this new series is just rock-throwing--I'm sure the discussions will be fruitful and enlightening (even if some people in the comments are complaining about Doll's apparent lack of understanding of what comprises YA literature and asking, somewhat contemptuously, if she's consulting with YA librarians. Hey Kim, call Jen Doll at The Atlantic Wire!). But still, and I mean, there's no way to say this without sounding petty, but: that's my shit, guys! And not just me! Lots of other smarter and less-humorous and less-sex-obsessed blogs do this! A penny for the little guy, please!
Now, I have a lot of love The Atlantic. I check the main site and The Atlantic Wire literally every day. They recently acquired Richard Lawson, who is an absolutely fantastic writer (I mean, read this amazing piece he wrote for The Hairpin LITERALLY RIGHT NOW). I don't want to go to war with them. But I may have no choice.
A couple other things I wanted to alert you to:
- Julieanne Smolinski has a very funny review of 50 Shades Of Grey over at Vulture.
- AND: Lauren Bans lists all fifty shades of grey "that women everywhere are masturbating to."
- STILL ALSO: Friend of the blog Kim (hi again, Kim!) has recently finished ALL THREE volumes in the Grey trilogy, an Herculean task that left her feeling "dirty, but not in the fun way." Don't ever change, Kim. And I've got a verbal contract with her to review those books right here on this blog. So watch this space, dear readers.
- There's a new LOL trailer, which makes it look WAY WORSE. We also got word that it is opening opposite The Avengers. Hahahahaha! Remember when Pan Am ran against The Grammys? Did Ashley Greene kill a gypsy as a teenager or something?