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I went to a book signing with Veronica Roth last week. She is ADORABLE in a very dorky sort of way. Then I devoured Insurgent. Sort of. It took me a couple days to get into it. There is one thing that nearly every YA novel does that I can't stand: namely, first person POV. I have such a knee-jerk DNW reaction against it; it always takes me out of the story and it's difficult for me to get into stories written in first person, unless the story is in journal form, because that at least makes sense. BUT. Every YA novel I've read in the past year, with the exception of The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (HIGHLY RECOMMEND) and the Heist Society series, has been in first person.

Also, both Insurgent and Divergent were very... choppy. (I think The Hunger Games has this problem, too - among other problems that frustrate me b/c I so loved the first book and then...not so much). So, while I like the story and the characters, they weren't the most elegantly written stories. I still recommend them though.

I also read the newest Gallagher Girls book, Out of Sight, Out of Time, which I found super cute (as I find all of Cater's books). Then I read Miss Peregrine's Home for Wayward Children, which I liked, but it wasn't totally my thing (let me be honest, though I like plot and want it to be good and feel it's necessary to have more than romance, I read YA often for the fluffy romance, and this felt rushed and lacking - this is my own issue though), and Tempest, by Julie Cross, which I also liked, but sort of forgot about immediately after I put it down.

You can tell when my life is stressing me out by the number of YA novels I read. They're like my version of comfort mac and cheese.


In other news related to YA, Gossip Girl is stressing me out so much more than any TV show has any right to, especially as I don't even watch the show - I just fast forward to the Dair stuff and ignore everything else. (HOW does DAIR even exist on this show? Hooooow?) So, I've been mainlining Dair fanvids, as they're the only thing making me happy about GG anymore.





They are PERFECTION. *sobs*

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mickawber
May. 9th, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
First person is such a difficult PoV -- not as ridiculous to pull off as second, of course, but touchy even so. It usually doesn't bother me, but yeah, Hunger Games was difficult for me too sometimes because the PoV was SO tight. I mean, here you have a first-person, present-tense narrative where the narrator seems to have no distance at all from the events of the story. It's one of the reasons I gave up part way into book 2: I had absolutely no hope of Katniss growing, and while I'd loved her for one go-round, a few chapters into the second I wanted to smack her. Didn't she learn anything?

At least it wasn't past tense....

Um.

I'm writing a first-person YA book. Past tense. And one of the things I struggled with a lot was the question of who the PoV character was talking to and when. For a while, I had that be part of the narrative--direct address to the person narrator was talking to, a kind of modified second-person--but that was way too distracting. So the circumstances of the telling of the story are just in my head. But I'm trying to keep thinking of them as I write....
pocketfullof
May. 12th, 2012 12:45 am (UTC)
Yeah - have you seen THG movie? I think they did such a great job of expanding the world.

First person POV is almost too intimate - obviously, I read it, b/c I don't have a choice, but I feel to close to the story sometimes.
goldy_dollar
May. 9th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
Dan/Blair are such life ruiners I CAN'T. Why is this terrible show making me feel all these things. D:
pocketfullof
May. 12th, 2012 12:46 am (UTC)
Dan/Blair are the best and the worst thing to happen to my life atm. I am smitten and TERRIFIED at the same time. I knew better than to invest, and yet I couldn't help myself. AND NOW.
lyras
May. 10th, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
The first person POV thing is really starting to get on my nerves. Sometimes there's a good reason for it (unreliable narrator, say, or for immediacy, which I guess might give The Hunger Games a pass) - but most of the time it's just lazy, and as if somewhere there's some rule that says that to hook kids in you have to use "I".

Bah. *has written YA book in third person POV*

E Lockhart was already on my to-read list (The Boyfriend List, or something?), but I've just added The Disreputable History of... as well. So thanks!
pocketfullof
May. 12th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
*has written YA book in third person POV*

Woot!

Disreputable History is AMAZEBALLS. Easily one of the best YAs I've EVER read. I want you to read it and then come talk to me!
hglove
May. 10th, 2012 05:41 pm (UTC)
I just finished reading Insurgent and yeah, I totally agree it was very choppy and not as good as Divergent.

I also do think first person is very hard to get into, but at the same time when an author can get it write, it can turn into an awesome book.

Dan/Blair! HOW DO THESE TWO EXIST IN THIS SHOW? THEY ARE SO PRECIOUS =)
pocketfullof
May. 12th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, like, with Insurgent, I got over it. But it took a looooong time. I was half way through the book before I forgot that I was reading, and I don't like to wait that long.

Dan/Blair! HOW DO THESE TWO EXIST IN THIS SHOW? THEY ARE SO PRECIOUS =)

PREACH. They give me so many feeeeelings.
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