Sure, YA Lit is an easy target because it’s enormously popular. But what I suspect is that it’s bearing the brunt of criticism at the moment because it’s easier for book snobs to set sights on the tastes of adult YA readers. After all, it seems more logical to say, “You’re not a teenager — stop reading books written for teenagers,” than it is to say, “John Grisham’s books are poorly-written.”
The former operates under the pretense of an objective fact: adults shouldn’t be reading children’s books. The latter reveals itself for what it is: snobbery. And yet could anyone argue that if I pulled a sentence out of Paper Towns that it wouldn’t be at roughly the same reading level as The Pelican Brief? As for escapism, I feel confident in arguing that there is just as much of a lack of perspective, subtlety, hard truths and realism between the covers of Something Borrowed as there is in Eleanor & Park.
[The Flash and Arrow] would be so much more interesting if they were from some other perspective than the one we’re given ad nauseam: the tortured (but attractive) white dude with parental issues who’s just nerdy enough that he can’t get the girl he wants (for now), but not so nerdy that it’s impossible she won’t see his inner worth by the end of the season.
I’m so bored with it. So, so bored. If they wanted to do an Arrow spin-off, I’d happily watch a Sara Lance flashback show, but this is the same thing except with a guy who moves fast instead of a guy who’s good at shooting things with one of the most time-consuming and impractical weapons imaginable.
Why are we still having to take companies to task for stocking sexist merchandise and not giving us stand-alone female superhero movies or a greater range of female superheroes in general? Why not even give us a better range of women than just the stereotypical double-sided coin of Madonna or Whore? DC doesn’t want to offend women anymore, but they don’t necessarily seem that keen to cater.
If you really want to shake up an industry, why not offer us some new stories from some new angles? Marvel’s doing a great job — your move, DC.