Before John Green, his general category of realistic (non-fantasy) YA was rife with teen angst and “issues” fiction that you might have associated with the legendary Judy Blume, or with newer writers like Sarah Dessen or Laurie Halse Anderson. Anderson’s classic 1999 novel Speak, about a high schooler struggling to deal with the aftermath of sexual assault, was so influential that three years later Penguin launched an entire imprint named after it. One of the books launched under the behest of Speak was Green’s Looking for Alaska. But it’s Green whose name you’re more likely to know today, not Anderson’s, although Anderson has won more awards and written more books.



On Twitter, Green has 2 million followers. Compared to the rest of the leaders in Young Adult fiction, that number is staggering. To approach even half the Twitter influence of John Green all by himself, you need an entire army of YA women. Anderson, Blume, Dessen, Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Rainbow Rowell, Maureen Johnson, Malinda Lo, Holly Black, LJ Smith, Ellen Hopkins, Shannon Hale, Lauren Myracle, Libba Bray, Melissa Marr, and Leigh Bardugo: As a group these women only have about 1.2 million followers on Twitter.

That’s the voice of one man outweighing several decades of women who have had major successes, critical acclaim, and cultural influence.

 

"Young Adult Publishing and the John Green Effect" (via delicatedad)

When a man succeeds in a devalued (because of its association with women) field, he legitimizes it in popular opinion.

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Completely Surreal Photos Of America's Abandoned Malls 

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pumpkinappearifier:

DnD is a serious game.

Can we hire some of these people to take a look at climate change or something?

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Text Post 

When you congratulate a toddler on doing something elementary that even a stupid monkey could figure out, that helps associate positive rewards with desirable actions.

When you make a big deal about clapping your hands to your cheeks and hollering OH WOW YOU’RE DOING SO GOOD SUCH A GOOD JOB WOW when a kid’s learning how to ride a bike with training wheels, you’re bolstering their confidence to keep trying and improving despite the inevitable hedge they will tip over into more than once

When you take a similar attitude toward a fellow adult and peer, and make big noise about how JUST GOSH DARN PROUD you are that they’re behaving and acting like an effective human being with their life in some semblance of organization, and that YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND VALIDATE hardships that they themselves have moved past and yet somehow you cannot, you’re a patronizing ass and most likely engaging in emotional masturbation and attempting to create for yourself a ready-made conversation-topic/power-trip dispenser for whenever you need to take the edge off.  

Such strategies are super-effective in diverting attention from your own copious flaws so that you can refuse to take responsibility for them, and imposing yourself on others in the role of life coach, thereby tattooing on their brain the message that they will never be 100% level with you because gosh they’re just still trying so hard and you are gifting them with your unsolicited support.

Oh man, I bet it feels great.

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What #NoMoreTerry is about, and what we're doing. 

omgthatdress:

#NoMoreTerry is a boycott/social media campaign aimed at the publications, brands, and celebrities that hire long-time sexual predator Terry Richardson to take pictures for them. It’s goal is to pressure companies into refusing to hire him.

So far, this is the list of who we’re calling out.

Here’s a list of publications that regularly employ Terry.

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I JUST WANT TO BE OK WITH MYSELF  

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After three weeks of therapy 

I think what astounds me most is how valuable it’s been to simply have someone say “You have permission to feel this way”.

So much of depression is entrenched guilt for not feeling better. For feeling things that cause others discomfort, that require they pay you some kind of customized attention rather than the default.

My therapist wants me to feel better. Of course she does. She’s a good, compassionate person, and her Yelp reviews would probably be pretty lousy if things were otherwise. But for some reason, when she asks me about my feelings, I don’t perceive the unsaid “if you talk about it you’ll feel better, then we can all feel better” conclusion that I infer from most other interactions with the human race.

She looks at the clock, and she says “you have me, and my office, for 43 more minutes.” There’s no goal, no battle. So I put words to all of it. I give it all a name.The things that seem ugly or embarrassing or whiny, or things that, if I told my peers, they’d over-reverence on my behalf with well-meaning, bruising concern. The things that would break my mom’s heart, and for which she’d take mine to pieces in retaliation.

I say everything, and when I’m finished we still have time. It’s all there, in piles, exposed to the air and thoroughly seen. And there isn’t a protest, there isn’t a rebuttal. There isn’t confusion or regret or apologies or demands or aggressive proactivity or violent efforts to help. There’s just me, and air and quiet, and ten minutes left that are just for me.

2 months ago on 19 February 2014 [+] 5 notes

biodesus:

listen to the talking cartoon dog

biodesus:

listen to the talking cartoon dog

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veganelfprincess:

I am so here for all of this.

Yeah, that’s pretty much the checklist.

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IM LAUGHING SO HARD. I THREW MY PHONE SO I COULD BREATHE

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It’s important for little girls to know not every story has to be a love story and for boys to know that soldiers aren’t the only ones to triumph in war. 

Guilermo Del Toro - How Pacific Rim saved his life

“I wanted to show that men and women can be friends without having a relationship,” says del Toro of the relationship between the two main characters Mako (played by Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi) and Raleigh (“Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam). “Theirs is a story about partnership, equality and a strong bond between partners. It’s important for little girls to know not every story has to be a love story and for boys to know that soldiers aren’t the only ones to triumph in war.”

Nice article, worth a read. (via nudityandnerdery)

OH FUCK YES

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This movie is a lot more than just robots punching monsters.

Between Pacific Rim and Disney’s Frozen, it’s refreshing to see action stories with female leads that don’t all come down to getting that climactic kiss from the dude.

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Why Miyazaki's 'Otaku' Problem Is Everyone's Problem 

"When one’s energy for discovery and appreciation — or creation — is funneled into too small a receptacle, it turns sour."

More on this wise old man’s truth bomb, and how fandom can be its own worst enemy.

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