It’s not about women acting like men… It’s about women acting like women and being successful.
#i have so so so so so so so so many problems with tumblr’s view of zooey deschanel#claiming she’s a manic pixie dream girl#a) real people cannot be manic pixie dream girls they’re people#b) she’s not a manic pixie dream girl as jess either she’s just feminine and likes baking and sweets and dresses and being pretty#i saw one post that called her ‘the wrong kind of weird the kind everyone likes’#but jess isn’t portrayed as some cute perfect woman that all three guys in the loft are chasing after#none of the guys she meets find her attractive because of her quirks and the only person with who it matters#is another teacher with similar quirks#so what if her kind of weird is having pretty eyeslashes and dresses and singing all the time#so what if she expresses herself in an incredibly feminine way#why does that make you want to belittle her #why does that make you so angry#tl;dr FUCK you if you’re against zooey deschanel because she’s too feminine to represent you#fuck you if you have a problem with her because she’s too individual instead of a blank state you can copy yourself on#this is why zooey’s femininity is considered weird#because femininity is burned at the stake for being too pretty
its a catfish
Every third Thursday here at A Game of Tomes, we’ll be answering YOUR questions. So please submit them!
Anything related to fantasy, books, writing, and publishing is game. (lol… game…)
(Okay, that was bad. I shouldn’t be allowed on the internet.)
If you have a question specifically for one of us, that’s cool too! Just make sure to say so in your Ask. Otherwise, any one of us can end up answering your question :)
So to keep us from making sad faces at you, please submit your questions! ♥
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.
Today, Game of Tomes is hosting Rosamund Hodge, whose fabulous fantasy debut Cruel Beauty came out last month. Here’s the summary:
Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.
Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.
With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.
But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.
As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.
1. In Cruel Beauty, you combine Beauty and the Beast with Greek and Roman mythology in a really original way. What inspired you to put the two together? When you first envisioned the novel, did you start with the fairy tale, or with the mythology, or neither?
When I was a child, I was obsessed with the myth of Cupid and Psyche. Briefly: an oracle tells a king he must chain his daughter on a mountaintop as sacrifice to a “monster.” But the daughter, Psyche, isn’t devoured by a beast as she expects; instead, the wind carries her to a strange palace with invisible servants who tell her that she is a bride. And every night her husband comes to visit her—but he forbids her to see his face. When her jealous sisters persuade her light a candle anyway, she discovers that he’s Cupid, the god of love. But because she broke his command, he becomes a prisoner of his mother Venus, and Psyche must complete a series of impossible tasks—ultimately going to the Underworld—in order to free him.
I never thought about mashing up this story with Beauty and the Beast until much later, when I read the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon. It’s a story about a girl who marries a polar bear after he promises to make her poor family rich, and it’s basically a halfway point between Cupid and Psyche and Beauty and the Beast. Immediately, it seemed obvious to me that all three stories were one story. And I wanted to write a novel exploring those links.
2. Apart from the obvious mythology, were there any books or songs or movies or paintings that influenced you when you wrote Cruel Beauty?
Oh, yes indeed! Large portions of the imagery (and everything about the sparrow) were inspired by T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets. The Children of Typhon were inspired by the rats in Coraline. (I said to myself, “I want something singing a creepy song!”) [Spoiler] was inspired by [spoiler] in Season Five of Doctor Who. And Nyx herself was inspired by C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces, which was one of the first novels that made me realize just how much I loved angry, imperfect heroines.
Also, large parts of the novel were written while listening to Katy Perry’s “E.T.” I think there’s a law that if you’re writing a supernatural bad boy, you have to listen to that song.
3. If your protagonist Nyx went to Hogwarts, what house would she end up in? And what house would she think she should end up in?
Nyx would be convinced she should end up in Slytherin, because that it the only place for someone so evil and ruthless. She probably would end up there, too, through sheer stubbornness. But if she weren’t dealing with her terrible cursed fate, she would totally be in Ravenclaw, because deep down she is a nerd who loves learning.
4. What is your favorite fairy tale?
Tam Lin. Which is technically a ballad, I guess, but it has fairies in it, and it is my favorite story in the entire world.
5. If you had to choose one fantasy world to live in, which would you pick and why?
Middle-earth. I know that isn’t a terribly original answer, but I don’t care. I want to see Lothlórien and Rivendell.
6. Can you give us a hint about what you’re working on now?
Yes! I am working on my second novel for Balzer + Bray. It’s set in a different world from Cruel Beauty, but it’s also a fairy tale fusion: in this case, Little Red Riding Hood combined with The Girl With No Hands.
take no shit 2014
To celebrate the (approximate) 1-year anniversary of Diversity in YA’s launch on tumblr, we’re giving away all these books! Thank you for celebrating diversity in young adult books with us and continuing to engage in dialogue and increasing awareness!
(To view a document listing all the titles, click here.)
Here’s how this is going to work:
- We’ve divided these books into 4-packs of diverse awesomeness. Don’t worry, series titles will all be kept together, so you won’t end up getting a middle book or a third book in a trilogy without the others.
- We have multiple copies of some titles, so some of them will go into several prize packs.
- We’ll select 17 winners, each of whom will receive a prize pack of 4 books!
- Because of the large number of titles and the cost of international shipping, we’re only able to ship to U.S. mailing addresses. International folks may enter as long as they have a U.S. mailing address.
- Teachers and librarians get an extra entry!
- The deadline to enter is March 31, 2014.
(If you can’t see the Rafflecopter entry form on your tumblr dash, you can also enter at our website.)
Thank you so much to the following publishers for donating books to our Anniversary Giveaway:
Wheee our DiYA gigantic giveaway is live!! WIN FREE BOOKS people! Including my own, thanks to Little, Brown. :)