YA Fantasy 101 Syllabus | Top Ten Tuesday

YA Fantasy 101 Syllabus | Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m not totally sure I would be qualified to teach this course, but I’d love to take it.

  1. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
    Ideally I’d prefer to study The Lord of The Rings, but we’d never finished ten books if we did that.
  2. Sabriel by Garth Nix
    This is a few years old now, and provides a nice bridge between Tolkien and more recent works.
  3. Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
    Obviously this had a massive impact on YA Fantasy. I prefer some of the later books, but there’s a (very small) chance that some students haven’t read this series before.
  4. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    I’d be tempted to study Stardust, which is my favourite Gaiman, but this is a great introduction to urban fantasy.
  5. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett
    At this point I think it’s time to look at someone playing with the tropes of fantasy, and no one does that better than Pratchett. Any Discworld novel would work for this, but if I have to cover something in depth I may as well pick one of my favourites.
  6. Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
    This would be our first foray into some darker fantasy, and has the added bonus of demonstrating everything that’s wrong with Twilight.
  7. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
    Partly I’d want to talk about constructing fantasy worlds and integrating back story in a non-clunky way, but mostly I just love this book.
  8. The Owl Service by Alan Garner
    This is a nice eerie atmospheric one, bordering on magical realism.
  9. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
    More beautiful world building, but in a totally different style. This would also be a good point to compare the magic systems of the books we’d studied.
  10. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
    This isn’t itself a fantasy book, but it’s a great look at the impact YA fantasy has on people, particularly actual those who are actually young adults, and it also looks at how the internet is changing the relationship between authors and readers, which seems like a good thing to think about at the end of the course.

Please forgive me if this post is gobbledegook, I’ve worked 8.5 hours today.

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OTP Tag!

OTP Tag!

I was tagged by the lovely Mari over at Story and Somnancy. So! The rules are as follows:

Choose 5 OTPs without looking at the questions first, answer the questions, then tag five people.

The Couples

  1. Valek and Yelena (The Study series by Maria V. Snyder)
  2. Arabella and Jonathan Strange (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  3. Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler (A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle)
  4. Tristan and Yvaine (Stardust by Neil Gaiman)
  5. Cath and Levi (Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)

The Questions
Do you remember the episode/scene/chapter that you first started shipping #5?
That would be when Cath read to Levi for freaking HOURS. The first time she did that, I mean.

Have you ever read fanfiction about #2?
No, but I feel like I have because whoever scripted the BBC adaptation wrote them a load of extra scenes.

Has a picture of #4 ever been your screen saver/profile picture/tumblr ID?
No, but that seems like it would be a cool desktop background. I want it now.

If #3 were to suddenly break up today, what would your reaction be?
Does that mean at some point prior to today they were actually together? Awesome!

Why is #1 so important?
Because he carved her a freaking butterfly. I can’t even.

Is #4 a funny ship or a serious ship?
Adorably awkward, mostly.

Out of all your ships listed, which ship has the most chemistry?
Cath and Levi maybe?

Of all the ships, which ship has the strongest bond?
Valek and Yelena. I love how Snyder doesn’t construct petty arguments between them for the sake of plot twists. All kind of other shit might be going down, but they’re good.

How many times have you read/watched #2’s fandom?
Twice. I read the book, then I watched the BBC show. I’d like to read it again one day, but not too soon. It’s a long ass book.

Which ship lasted the longest?
Jonathan and Arabella, I guess, since the book spans so many years.

How many times, if ever, has #5 broken up?
Once, sort of. Ish.

If the world was suddenly thrust into a zombie apocalypse, which would make it out alive, #1 or #3?
Definitely Valek and Yelena. They would actually work together, and they’re both pretty deadly. With Sherlock and Irene Adler, the question is more which of them would leave the other to the zombies first and save themselves.

Did #4 ever have to hide their relationship for any reason?
Briefly, for amusement purposes.

Is #5 still together?
5evah.

Is #1 canon?
Very.

If all five ships were put into a couple’s Hunger Games, which couple would win?
Valek and Yelena. Did I mention how they’re deadly? Unless Yvaine did that thing I can’t tell you about because it’s a massive spoiler. Cath and Levi would be the deadest the fastest, though, I can tell you that.

Has anyone ever tried to sabotage #5’s ship?
Not intentionally, but Reagan got in the way a lot.

Which ship(s) would you defend to the death and beyond?
I feel like Cath and Levi are the only ones who can’t adequately defend themselves.

Have you ever spent hours a day going through #3’s tumblr page?
What I do in the privacy of my own Tumblr is none of your concern :p.

If an evil witch descended from the sky and told you that you had to pick one of the five ships to break up forever, which ship would you sink?
I might as well break up Sherlock and Irene before they do it for me.

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  • Auto-Buy Authors | Top Ten Tuesday

    Auto-Buy Authors | Top Ten Tuesday

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    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve ignored the rules a bit this week because I do not have auto-buy authors. I would love it if I did, but I currently have no money, so I’m very nearly on book buying ban imposed by necessity. Instead, I’ve listed ten authors for whom I hope one day to have read every word they’ve published.

    1. Neil Gaiman
      I will probably never manage to read every book this fiction producing machine has published, but I’ll also never stop trying.
    2. Kate Atkinson
      I studied her first novel at school and never looked back.
    3. Maria V. Snyder
      A recent discovery. So far I’ve only read two books, but I will catch up.
    4. Margaret Atwood
      I have more than one of her books in my tbr pile currently, which is normally against my self-imposed rules. I should really get on that.
    5. John Green
      One of the few people on this list whose work I’m actually very nearly up to date with. I’ve read all his novels, anyway.
    6. Cassandra Clare
      I’m currently reading her books more slowly than she writes them, so this could take a while.
    7. Jostein Gaarder
      If any of his books don’t get translated to English I’m screwed.
    8. Marissa Meyer
      I preordered Winter today *bounces*.
    9. Catherynne M. Valente
      I’ve actually only read one of Valente’s books so far, but I’ll get there.
    10. Rainbow Rowell
      I’m up to date with her YA, but have yet to get to her adult work. I don’t know why that is, because Attachments sounds So. Good.

              Bonus: Terry Pratchett
                               Sadly he will never be an auto-buy author because there
                                will be no more books after The Shepherd’s Crown, but I
                                won’t stop until I’ve read every Discworld book there ever
                                was.

    Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From | Top Ten Tuesday

    Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From | Top Ten Tuesday

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    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. After some thought, I decided to ignore authors I was done with before I was 15. Because yes, I have read the basically the entire backlist of Jacqueline Wilson up to about 2005, but that tells you nothing about my reading tastes in 2015. You will notice, however, that I haven’t actually entirely stopped reading childrens’ books. Some authors just continue to blow me away. Also, this list surprised me a lot. At least 75% of what I read currently is YA, but you’d never guess that from this weird mixture of people who write for adults and people who write for 12 year-olds.

    mostread

    1. Terry Pratchett (20)
    2. Neil Gaiman (14)
    3. Hilary McKay (11)
    4. Malorie Blackman (10)
    5. J. K. Rowling (10)
    6. Philip Pullman (9)
    7. L. M. Montgomery (9)
    8. Philippa Gregory (6)
    9. Kate Atkinson (6)
    10. Bill Bryson (6)
    Fairytale Retellings | Top Ten Tuesday

    Fairytale Retellings | Top Ten Tuesday

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    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week my picks are split between five favourite fairytale retellings that I’ve read and five from my tbr. I’ve stretched the definition of fairytale a bit to include classic children’s books like Peter Pan.

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    Books I’ve Read
    Wicked by Gregory Maguire (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz)
    The Sleeper and The Spindle by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell (Sleeping Beauty and Snow White)
    Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinderella)
    Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Little Red Riding Hood)
    Ella Enchanted (Cinderella again)

    Books From My TBR
    Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Peter Pan)
    The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (One Thousand and One Nights)
    Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis (Snow White)
    Splintered by A. G. Howard (Alice in Wonderland)
    Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth (Rapunzel)

    Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favourite Authors

    Top Ten Tuesday: All Time Favourite Authors

    This is my first time participating in Top Ten Tuesday, which is a weekly (duh) meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’m not going to give explanations for each author individually because my feelings about all of them are more or less the same – they write excellent words in an excellent order and I recommend you read anything they have ever written. I have, however, included pictures of my favourite book by each of them. They are also not in any particular order, because… I can’t. Incidentally, by total coincidence, I have five men and five women, which pleases me.


    Terry Pratchett
    Mort
    J. R. R. Tolkien
    fellowship
    C. S. Lewis
    Dawntreader
    Hilary McKay
    Indigo
    Rainbow Rowell
    fangirl
    Neil Gaiman
    stardust
    John Green
    katherines
    L. M. Montgomery
    houseofdreams
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    happygoldenyears
    Kate Atkinson
    behindthescenes