Happy Anniversary to ‘The Great Gatsby’!

Happy Anniversary to ‘The Great Gatsby’!

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Happy anniversary to The Great Gatsby! Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, this seminal work was published on this day (April 10th) in 1925, at the height of the Roaring Twenties. Fitzgerald’s novel takes place in the fictional towns of West and East Egg in Long Island, centering around the mysterious billionaire Jay Gatsby as told from the point of view of character Nick Carraway. The novel’s themes harshly critique the decadence of the American lifestyle, deconstructing idealism, social upheaval, hedonism, and resistance to change to reveal Gatsby’s story to be more tragic than aspirational, a cautionary tale about the American Dream itself. …

We Need More YA Books on High School Reading Lists

We Need More YA Books on High School Reading Lists

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As an English student and aspiring writer, I learned that school is for ‘literary’ fiction—and I learned that ‘literary’ is not synonymous with ‘good.’ The definition appeared to be based more upon what a book isn’t than what a book is. Literary fiction was rarely ever genre fiction. Literary fiction was rarely ever queer. Literary fiction was rarely about modern teenagers. When you replace the word ‘literary’ with the word ‘meaningful,’ none of these statements remain true. It’s time to reconsider which books will be most meaningful to high school students today—and why that emotional impact has academic value.   Image Via HelloGiggles   YA has …

This New Novel Is Set Within the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ World

This New Novel Is Set Within the ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ World

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Now, if you’re at all like me, then you already know that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of the greatest series to ever grace modern television. This layered, genre-bending series about a cheerleader-turned-heroine helped pave the way for a generation of girls who believed that they, themselves, could fight the monsters under the bed; a generation of girls who knew exactly how powerful they were.        ***Buffy Spoilers*** . . . . . . . . . . . .   Even without the very clear feminist foundation, Buffy had such intense, powerful messages hidden beneath the plot lines of monsters, demons, and vampires. …