Catherine Hardwicke Wanted Diversity in ‘Twilight.’ Stephenie Meyer Didn’t.

Catherine Hardwicke Wanted Diversity in ‘Twilight.’ Stephenie Meyer Didn’t.

A lack of diversity is hardly the main criticism levelled against Twilight, a controversial yet highly popular vampire franchise of the mid-2000s. Allegations of relationship abuse and sexism are far more prominent—and, if sexism weren’t prevalent in the novel, it certainly pervaded the series’ filming. Right before filming, execs famously told director Catherine Hardwicke that she needed to cut $15 million from the budget, or they would pull the plug despite the overwhelming international success of the source material. She was hopeful that, once Summit saw the number of stunts and set pieces she would have to remove, the studio would …

Vintage Children’s Books Are Pretty F*cked Up

Vintage Children’s Books Are Pretty F*cked Up

If we were fortunate enough to have access to books in our childhood, there’s a strongly likelihood we encountered picture books about animals—possibly of the talking variety. From Clifford the Big Red Dog (who, let’s be real, no landlord would ever tolerate) to the Very Hungry Caterpillar who, fortunately, had no access to Taco Bell, most of our children’s books were bright and cute. When we reached a higher reading level, many of us graduated to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia to learn about all the magic the world has to offer. Don’t get me wrong: children’s early chapter books aren’t all …

“Build a World with Heart & Meaning:” Tomi Adeyemi’s Best Writing Advice

“Build a World with Heart & Meaning:” Tomi Adeyemi’s Best Writing Advice

What makes a fantasy series successful isn’t the number of dragons its author jams into it. Given the grand scale of fantasy, both readers and writers can sometimes forget that stories don’t necessarily come from big stakes, but from small moments. Although the genre deviates from reality, the center of any story is an emotional one: an exploration, however abstract, of the things that make us human. (Or, at least, what makes elves human enough that we bother reading on.) Clearly, Tomi Adeyemi has done something right—more than one thing, by the looks of it. At only twenty-three years old, …

Joe Hill Talks AMC’s Scary Good ‘Nos4a2’ Adaptation at BookCon

Joe Hill Talks AMC’s Scary Good ‘Nos4a2’ Adaptation at BookCon

Enter our Scary fun ‘Nos4a2’ Giveaway & Win $500, courtesy of AMC!    Any adaptation is only as good as its source material—though good doesn’t exactly cover what we love most about Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. ‘Tremendous’ is the more appropriate word: a behemoth of 700 pages, the novel is an undertaking as imaginative as its characters, a complete reinterpretation of the vampire mythos we know. And, in the end, which is more terrifying? The devil you know—or the devil you don’t? If Joe Hill were to describe his novel, and the AMC adaptation, he wouldn’t use the word ‘good’ either (and not just because …

“Queer Joy Is Revolution:” LGBT+ Authors Talk Diverse YA at BookCon

“Queer Joy Is Revolution:” LGBT+ Authors Talk Diverse YA at BookCon

This past weekend, we attended NYC’s BookCon 2019 to snag you all the bonus content with none of the shoulder cramps that accompany wielding 20 paperback novels in a comparably small tote bag. (And none of the $19 convention center lunches.) Looking for queer YA releases? We were too, and we headed to the “Read With Pride” panel, hosted by prolific author and editor David Levithan. There, we heard from three incredible LGBT+ novelists and got a preview of some new and upcoming releases that are turning a new page in YA literature.   ImageS vIA aMAZON   If you’re …