08 10 / 2014

"But the problem with Felicity Smoak…is that the Olicity factor is much more about her than it is a couple. Our whole experience of the character was primarily through interactions with Oliver. Every time Rickards was on screen she was in a scene with Amell…Her sole purpose on the show is to be Oliver’s Girl Wednesday. Her only storyline was Oliver. Felicity is a supremely likable character (something the producers haven’t been able to replicate other characters, specifically the divisive Laurel and Roy) and her key interaction is with the lead…who’s a dude…who the character, and the actress, have great reciprocal chemistry with. Viewers want more of the supporting character of Felicity and the most obvious avenue for that was for her to be in a relationship with him."


This bears repeating…even though the post is old.

The more people she interacts with, even if it’s romantic, means we’ll learn more about her as a person.  We aren’t the same person with everyone in our lives. We already know who Felicity is in relation to Oliver, Diggle and to a lesser extent Sara, Lance and Roy.  Season three is an opportunity to see Felicity in relation to Laurel, her mother, Barry…and yes, even Ray. I personally cannot wait for her to have a rapid fire conversation with someone who can keep up with her intellectually!

The more characters she interacts with, the more we learn, the more she can be integrated in storylines outside of who she kisses.  I love that she’ll be having conversations with new people with regards to new situations. This may involve kisses BUT so what? Three dudes dig her, that’s three more opportunities for scenes.

If you’re sole concern, and the majority of your energy, is directed to the Olicity ‘ship then I am sad for you. There is so much more to enjoy about this show. The show doesn’t cater to your specific wants.  It cannot be everything to everyone but it can be true to their character.  And the reason we love Felicity is because of the writers and Emily Bett Rickards.  Have faith in them.  

If I can impart anything from my 6+ years of wanting Smallville’s Clark and Chloe to happen, I’d say: don’t stress about what hasn’t happened, don’t churn yourself up on speculation, and just enjoy the ride.

The show doesn’t owe you anything except a story…and they are delivering.

02 10 / 2014

'But, to be honest, it doesn’t matter how much those of us in the youth literature community bemoan these hollow critiques that discount children and teenagers as actual human beings, capable of independent thought – there will be another same-same article in 3-6 months, touting more elitist, literary snobbery and proclaiming (whether in the article itself, or via Twitter) that those of us who enjoy childish things are ‘fuckwits‘. So repetitive and predictable are these articles, there’s even a bingo game about them.

No, what’s starting to matter is a common theme among observations and responses to articles like Razer’s. On social media, where it was healthily debated, many people pointed out an inherently sexist element to the ‘Against YA’ judgments.’

alphareader's fantastic column on YA, sexism and elitism.  Well worth the read if you're sick of ill informed, click-bait, media pieces.


29 9 / 2014

I haven’t seen them on screen together, or read any speculation or spoilers, but I want to ship these two.

These two, Elsa and the Knave, please! 

24 9 / 2014


Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker, was surprised and delighted to discover that Outlander was not the historical romance bodice-ripper she expected it to be. She praised the show for having a lot of sexual energy, instead of just sex: “And this struck me as both very restrained, and very refreshing for cable television - which has unfortunately gotten into the habit of providing graphic sex scenes every 25-minutes or so, in a slightly numbing, contractual sort of way. It feels a little bit like porn with purchase.” Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya writing for AV Club notes that Outlander is the opposite to Game Of Thrones, which frequently objectifies and exploits women: “Not only by the male characters, but by the camera and direction, which marginalises female viewers.”

Outlander showed its flip-side on “sexposition” in the latest episode – ‘The Wedding’ – which sees Jamie and Claire married in a non-linear storyline depicting the circumstances surrounding their union and consummation.


'How Outlander is flipping typical TV dramas on their head' - Danielle Binks [x]

19 9 / 2014

Wow -  look at these international examples of YA awesomeness!  Which one do you think deserves to win the Silver Inky Award?
Vote and have your say!

Wow -  look at these international examples of YA awesomeness!  Which one do you think deserves to win the Silver Inky Award?

Vote and have your say!

19 9 / 2014

Wow look at these Aussie examples of YA awesomeness!  Which one do you think deserves to win the Gold Inky Award?
Vote and have your say!

Wow look at these Aussie examples of YA awesomeness!  Which one do you think deserves to win the Gold Inky Award?

Vote and have your say!

19 9 / 2014

Reposted from Pernsickety Snark.

Red Band Society
By my third morning of ATX I was used to showrunners and creators who less enamoured with their projects.  So it was so pleasing to have a preview screening of Red Band Society and then absorb all the passion and enthusiasm producer Margaret Nagle has for this project. I work in the teen sphere so I was beyond excited to see this screening make the ATX line up.  It didn’t disappoint, they’ve cast some great teen leads in Charlie Rowe and Zoe Levin (I need to see more with the others) and the support cast features Miss Octavia Spencer who is incredible. 

Pilots are rarely, if ever, perfect creations and while there was a rawness to the product, you cannot doubt the sincerity, care and joy that has been placed into RBS.  They’re unafraid to put trust in young actors to portray big (and small) moments and it is a story and exploration of teen characters that shows much promise.

A moment into the screening a person sat down next to me.  I was watching the character of Kara being an absolute wench to another character and then realised the person next to me was the actress who played her. Needless to say this was somewhat weird - to be watching an episode with someone so involved in a project.  But Zoe Levin was great and I really look forward to seeing the layers peel back on the bitchy cheerleader trope.

Levin and NagleI was able to ask a question about the inevitable lazy comparisons to The Fault in the Stars that will be made.  Nagle was aware this would happen but hadn’t read the text (but was planning to), Levin was very familiar with the work (she is a teen after all) and both reiterated that it’s a very different story.  And it is, yes there is a teen with cancer with one leg.  But there are many teens in this story with different conditions, different backgrounds and ultimately haven’t been created (or trademarked) by John Green.  That being said, I do hope Nerdfighters embrace RBS.

Nagle made a big impression. She’s clearly invested in this show having spent much of her youth growing up in children’s hospitals just like her characters.  Her brother was in a long coma, just like the narrator Charlie, and realises that there is more to hospitals that death and decay. She also mentioned aspects that will continue on from the pilot of which I will choose to remain silent on as not to ruin it for new viewers.  But I do look forward to future coffee cups…may I suggest ‘snarky wench’?  :)

19 9 / 2014

31 8 / 2014

littleelfman said: Hey hey! Do you have any suggestions of good tumblrs to follow? I'm having trouble finding ones that are worth following. :)

I don’t follow heaps but here’s a great directory for YA authors on Tumblr: http://yahighway.tumblr.com/YAdirectory. I mainly follow bits and pieces from tv show fandoms.

Also, Smart Girls at the Party. Amy Poehler’s org.

25 8 / 2014

The Inky Awards celebrate Australian and international fiction, poetry, anthologies and graphic novels written for young adults.  The longlists and shortlists are decided by teens for teens.

Gold Inky Award (Australian YA) shortlist:

  • These Broken Stars - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  • The First Third - Will Kostakis
  • Every Breath - Ellie Marney
  • Fairytales for Wilde Girls - Allyse Near
  • The Sky So Heavy - Claire Zorn 

Silver Inky Award (international YA) shortlist:

  • All the Truth That’s in Me - Julie Berry
  • Seraphina - Rachel Hartman
  • Acid - Emma Pass
  • Man Made Boy - Jon Skovron
  • Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

Voting is open until 5th of October