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Field Trip Friday: March 16, 2012


fifty shades
Hey, remember back in January, when I linked that PW article about Fifty Shades of Grey? And I pointed out that it used to be Master of the Universe, which wasn't news, because here's a post spelling that out from March 2011? No?

That's okay, because its author, E.L. James, is now sitting on a seven figure deal to re-publish the series, and coverage has been plentiful, if a little... odd. CNN covers the "sexually colorfully story," while mentioning it was posted "chapter by chapter on a free online publishing site," but ignores the source material. The NYT only bothers to mention Twilight in the same condescending breath that says "mommy porn," an omission that Gawker follows with some choice quotes from the book. NPR gets my vote for most balanced coverage; their article is written by Jason Boog, who also wrote GalleyCat's recap of Jane Litte's (shocking!) findings that FSoG is 87% the same at MOTU.

fifty shades
Which begs the question: how is this success legal? Jennifer Weiner led a discussion on Twitter; Jami Gold questioned whether FSoG crosses ethical lines, regardless of legality, and Hybrid Theory worries FSoG will cause Stephenie Meyers to revoke her tacit approval of the Twilight fanfic community. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books and Erika Christakis at Time both take on the condescending coverage that's not "just about a specific book, or a specific genre. The condescension is also focused on female arousal, that females with hornypants are something to be controlled or laughed at, depending on whom you're asking."

Meanwhile, Miriam Goderich at DGLM wonders why you'd invest seven figures in print rights to a book whose success might depend on the privacy of an e-reader. But hey, if you want to be ahead of the curve on the next big thing, editor Jennifer Heddle tweeted this list of "published" fics-- start reading!

you guys seriously. the image searches I do for you. I deserve hazard pay.


- Strange Horizons updates its list of "Stories We've Seen Too Often."

- Facing fear, time, and productivity: beautiful post from Candace Ransom (via DGLM).

- "How Not To Be a Clever Writer," at io9.


obama's bracket
The President's bracket is kicking
my bracket's butt.
March Madness is upon us, and this year the blogosphere has exploded with bracket fun.
- Want to do more voting? Head to Book Week Online and vote for Divergent!

- Lee and Low Publishers make smart use of Pinterest with a "Diverse MG/YA March Release" board (not just featuring their own books!).

- Fascinating look at a library science graduate's masters thesis on the supposed "reading gap" between boys and girls (via Rachel Stark).

- A Knoxville, TN school district removed John Green's Looking For Alaska from its required reading list, citing "pornographic material."

- The Librotraficante is en route to Tucson, where censorship of Mexican-American studies materials continues.

- Do e-books impair memory? (via Carly Watters)

- After 244 years, the Encyclopedia Britannica stops the presses.

- It's almost movie time! The WSJ discusses why The Hunger Games is also "the gender games," and blogger Connie is annoyed by the narrow minded assumption that a female protagonist limits the movie's audience. Jenny Kristine at Tor looks at the movie's marketing strengths and weaknesses, while io9 rounds up the most disturbing HG merch so far (via Cleolinda Jones).


little, brown chart - HuffPo Books builds on Vida's findings that book reviews are skewed in favor of male authors, finding the problem may actually lie with publishers.

- The WSJ explains the DOJ's allegations of price fixing against publishing, and Nathan Bransford explains why this is a big freaking deal.

- An Entangled Publishing author reports making $50K+ in one month.

- Editor Molly O'Neill hosts a very cool trip through the printing press, helpfully rounded up by the Divergent Lexicon.

- Agent Tamela Hancock Murray explains why unhelpful rejections are a blessing in disguise (via Lindsey Roth Culli).

- Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler says your book needs to be "discovered" by a reader multiple times before they will read it (plus charts!).

- The Intern asks: If a follow's not a book sale, what is it?

- The Big Six aren't really dying, says Mark Williams.

- What if you want to switch agents... within the same agency? Jessica Faust explains.

- Agent Rachelle Gardner explains how a publishing auction works, and takes a thought provoking look at whether authors deserve to get paid.

- Paypal backs down on its erotica ban after credit card companies call BS.


- Twitter bought Posterous.

- Gawker media founder Nick Denton says comment sections are a joke.

- "On Twitter, you find yourself doing all sorts of things you wouldn't otherwise do." Like talk to floating skulls. I love this piece by Margaret Atwood. (via Iris Blasi)

- Pinterest's scary terms of service aren't any scarier than YouTube's or Tumblr's, says Christopher Danzig at Above the Law. What is scary: spammers have found a way to use the site, so click with caution.

- Brute force attacks on are the rise against Wordpress sites, so check those passwords.

- Ben Parr at CNET thinks Google has lost its magic. It killed Friend Connect, which certainly hasn't won it any friends in the YA blogosphere. Luckily, our girl Sarah Enni has a solution, courtesy of Emy Shin, and highlighted some non-Blogger sites you might want to refollow! And you can now label/star messages in Gmail before you send them, which is also pretty cool.

- "If you want someone to visit your website, it must be the most interesting thing on the Internet – for that person at that time." The 5 most common author website mistakes, from Thomas Umstattd, Jr.


- Francesca Lia Block took her mortgage woes public this week, and it looks like it worked!

- Laini Taylor talks misery mongers and asks, "Why does everyone have to be a critic?"

- Josh Gondelman at Thought Catalog questions his cred in "I'm Not The Nerd I Used To Be."

- Linda Grant at The Guardian relates how a simple tweet led to the creation of A Thousand Reasons, a site aggregating continual proof that sexism is still alive and well.

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- The Authors for Henryville Auction is up- go bid on fab prizes to help an Indiana town destroyed by a tornado earlier this spring.

- Gayle Forman is judging the short story contest at One Teen Story!

- Malinda Lo revealed the cover of her upcoming sci fi Adaption, and is giving away an ARC!


not so invisible man

compare thee to a summer's day chart

Have a great weekend!

Kate Hart

Kate is the author of After the Fall, coming January 24, 2017 from Farrar, Straus and Giroux. A former teacher and grant writer, she now owns a treehouse-building business in the Ozarks and hosts the Badass Ladies You Should Know interview series.

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  1. Great links, as usual! Thank you! I particularly liked the Invisible Man picture. :)

  2. Thanks for the list! I'm just going to weep in a corner over the Invisible Man, ah, "reviews".


  3. Thanks for doing this, Kate! The parrot picture is hilarious!!

  4. Thanks for linking back to my site with the MotU pics. Glad you enjoyed them :)


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