While many authors deserve the credit for the recent renaissance of young adult and middle grade fiction, there’s one in particular who was a catalytic force in propelling literature for children into the larger sphere, driving millions of readers to bookstores, and sparking a massive, global movement of fans. Earlier books on quirky, sweet, delightful subjects gave way to progressively darker ones that still retained a characteristic whimsy and sense of humor, and this author’s fame only grew with each title. The author’s public appearances were greeted by thousands of screaming fans, and the books led to movie adaptations and to a whole new fandom.
You might thinking I’m talking about John Green, the current media darling, who’s been repeatedly credited with making YA mainstream, but, actually, I’m not. I’m talking about J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter series, where weren’t just groundbreaking and didn’t just inspire a new revival in children’s literature. They shaped an entire generation.
'How John Green became the false prophet of the Internet YA revolution' (x)
Can I just say that this article extremely upsets me, as a nerdfighter, reader, and supporter of female writers? I feel like this article does not understand John at all. Within the first two paragraphs, they call him a “media darling” and compare all of his books to Harry Potter. Have they not heard Hank sing “This is Not Harry Potter?” "And you gotta know that this is no joke, That I also read books that my own brother wrote." Didn’t we learn long ago that their will never be anything like HP again in this world so do NOT compare it to other books?
The author continues to say that female YA authors do not get the acknowledgement that they deserve, which John himself has agreed with, but this lack of notice to these authors are not his fault. They go on to say (conveniently not making any mention of Hank at all, making it sound as if P4A and Kiva were all of John’s doing) that his online activity has fed to his success. This is true, but the author says it in a way that makes it sound as if John cracked the code to internet fandom and if he didn’t have the popularity he does have on the internet, no soul would have read his books. They boil it down to say that his online popularity and being a white male is what makes him the “false prophet of the Internet YA revolution” as the title so nicely puts it.
Just, no, no, don’t even— no. My favorite is the last line of the article. “Are we going to remember the architects and founders of the YA renaissance by who wrote the most compelling fiction and who influenced a generation or by who had the most YouTube followers?”
Don’t even get me started on this gem (x).
#this just pisses me off so much i cant even