Jay Asher, Author of ’13 Reasons Why’, Files Defamation Lawsuit Over Sexual Harassment Claims

Jay Asher, Author of ’13 Reasons Why’, Files Defamation Lawsuit Over Sexual Harassment Claims

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According to the New York Times, Jay Asher, author of the book and now hugely successful albeit controversial Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as he claims there was little or no investigation into allegagtions made against him during the #MeToo movement, which resulted  SCBWI annoucing that Asher “had violated the professional organization’s anti-harassment policy. “Asher is seeking a jury trial and unspecified financial damages” from the the Society. The allegations made against Asher date back to April 2017, when executive director of SCBWI, Lin Oliver, …

5 Books That Almost Had Wildly Different Endings

5 Books That Almost Had Wildly Different Endings

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So it may be that ‘all’s well that ends well,’ but some of these books nearly didn’t! The secret alternate endings of these five popular novels are different from the endings that made it to our bookshelves. (That’s ‘different’ as a synonym for completely bizarre.) Some endings changed the tone of the story in ways the author decided against. Some endings changed other important things, like whether or not anyone would buy the book.   1. The Fault in Our Stars     It’s hard to imagine John Green changing one thing about his devastating hit The Fault in our Stars (besides …

Jay Asher, James Dashner and the #MeToo Movement in Children’s Publishing

Jay Asher, James Dashner and the #MeToo Movement in Children’s Publishing

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As the #MeToo movement gained momentum, YA author Anne Ursu wondered why the stories of harassment within the publishing industry, about which she had been hearing for years, were not resurfacing. She told Bustle, “one day I realized, ‘Well, I guess it has to be me.’” So she created an anonymous survey in order find out the extent to which sexual harassment has affected those working in the children and YA publishing industry. Soon after, in the comments underneath an article on the extreme prevalence of the problem, names began to be named—big names, such as Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher, and …