A few days ago I mentioned that The Atlantic Wire was starting a new series of blog posts about YA novels. Guess what? Now the AV Club is also getting in on the traffic/action! This week marked the launch of the unfathomably badly-named YA Why? feature, which justifies itself thusly:
With series like the Harry Potter, Twilight, and Hunger Games books becoming international mega-bestsellers, young-adult fiction is now a thriving genre that draws readers of all ages.
Oh, is that so? I hadn't noticed! Elsewhere, respectable publications like The Awl are continuing, for some fucking reason, to dedicate digital ink to Brian McGreevy, the guy who is suddenly famous for reminding everyone that Twilight vampires are kinda faggy (in an article he wrote a year ago). Have we learned nothing? Are we back to where we were two years ago? Have we been there all along?
In an interview with Desiree Browne, McGreevy says things like: "At the time...there seemed to be a tendency to homogenize fiction." And also things like: "I’ve had a sufficient number of occult experiences and synchronicities that to me it’s like love or orgasm.*" And also things like: "There’s a metaphysics to syntax.**" And also things like: "There’s also such a dichotomy between religion and science.***" AND ALSO THINGS LIKE: "I have plenty of platonic female friends." AND ALSO THINGS LIKE: "If you take a model who weighs 97 pounds and is puking all the time and is doing a bunch of coke and is miserable, that to me is monstrous. Whereas if you get someone who is morbidly obese and is wearing nothing but Lycra and is like, “Fuck yeah, I’m hot shit” and believes it? That person’s a fucking hero."
(*And then: "There are people who say, “yeah, people have orgasms” or “love doesn’t exist,” but once you experience it, it [love] actually does, and to me magic is more or less the same way." People doubt the existence of orgasms?)
(**Don't these sentences seem to be ending before the part where he says actually SAYS a thing?)
(***And he goes on from there: "You’ll get dating profiles where they ask, "what are your religious beliefs?" and one of the categories is "spiritual, but not religious." Are you fucking kidding me? They’re synonyms. That’s like saying, 'I’m damp but not wet.'" Huh? NO IT ISN'T.)
In other words: I WANT TO STRANGLE THIS ENTIRE ARTICLE. I can not explain the fame of Brian McGreevy. It's like he slipped by us while we were all looking at Lena Dunham or something. I don't know. But obviously: the enemy is everywhere. So, have a nice weekend.