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The Latest News on Book Adaptations
Rincey Abraham, bookriot.com
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a book is always* better than its film and/or television adaptation.Hollywood loves to mine the book world for stories, new and old, that can be re-imagined and brought to the big and little screen. If y…

You have some reading (and rereading) to do - books to TV & film.

The Latest News on Book Adaptations
Rincey Abraham, bookriot.com

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a book is always* better than its film and/or television adaptation.Hollywood loves to mine the book world for stories, new and old, that can be re-imagined and brought to the big and little screen. If y…

You have some reading (and rereading) to do - books to TV & film.

10 Latino Books for Teens
Monica Olivera, latinas4latinolit.org
I first discovered Latino literature when I was a teenager in high school taking a multicultural lit class. The experience was life changing for me. Since then so many more books by and about Latinos have been written and published for young adult…

Ten Latino books for teens.

10 Latino Books for Teens
Monica Olivera, latinas4latinolit.org

I first discovered Latino literature when I was a teenager in high school taking a multicultural lit class. The experience was life changing for me. Since then so many more books by and about Latinos have been written and published for young adult…

Ten Latino books for teens.

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loosetoon:

Early 70’s behind the scenes of Sesame Street with the Muppets.

THIS IS THE BEST PHOTO SET I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTERED. 

Love!

The top pic, featuring an orange Oscar the Grouch, is literally the best of the bunch.

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Happy 7th birthday, Deathly Hallows!

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Rain-bros

I fucking love this.

I watched this for like 5 minutes

You guys realize that the length of their stride is indicative of that color’s wavelength right- red being the longest visible and blue one of the shortest. 

oh my god you’re right, of course you’re rightwhat a cute way to explain such things


they should do this in schools

medi-dat:

typette:

starsinhiseyes:

onyeplaysdrums:

hyrulians:

somethingsavage:

Rain-bros

I fucking love this.

I watched this for like 5 minutes

You guys realize that the length of their stride is indicative of that color’s wavelength right- red being the longest visible and blue one of the shortest. 

oh my god you’re right, of course you’re right

what a cute way to explain such things

they should do this in schools

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fullmetaloptimist said: OK I'll take the bait -- how fucked up is Kavinsky REALLY? I'm expecting at least an 5 on the Richter scale of heartbreak.

maggie-stiefvater:

Okay, I’ll take the bait back, because I’m young and crotchety.

Note, spoilers for Dream Thieves will abound.

SPOILERS

SPOILERS

SPOILERS

SPOILING THINGS

Readers can interpret the events of the book in all sorts of ways, obviously, but here are things that happen canonically in The Dream Thieves:

  • Kavinsky drugs his mother without her knowledge
  • Kavinsky pursues Ronan with multiple text messages and gifts that indicate he has observed Ronan closely — i.e., copies of bracelets Ronan always wears and Ronan’s driver’s license
  • Kavinsky generally calls Ronan either gay or a girl
  • Kavinsky is seen once with a girl, who he calls “bitch”
  • Kavinsky has at least one dead companion who he dreamed a perfectly obedient replacement for — it is heavily implied that Kavinsky was somehow responsible for the guy’s death.
  • Kavinsky claims to have killed his own father (but this is debatable, as Kavinsky clearly is a liar)
  • Kavinsky tries to get Ronan to give up his friends
  • Kavinsky touches Ronan’s head, taps Ronan’s teeth with a pen, leaves stuff at Ronan’s home when he knows he won’t be there
  • Kavinsky gives Ronan a drug that renders Ronan immobile and barely conscious and then, while Ronan is helpless — and only then — sensually touches Ronan’s body (Ronan tells himself this might be a dream)
  • Ronan tells Kavinsky that they will never be an item, but Kavinsky keeps texting him
  • Kavinsky tells Ronan that consent is overrated (which echoes him continuously stepping into Ronan’s space without permission)
  • Kavinsky ultimately grows frustrated that Ronan will not give in, kidnaps Ronan’s brother, drugs him, and stuffs him in the trunk of a car to provoke a reaction from Ronan.

Here are other things that are canonical:

  • Kavinsky is a scary, terrible predator
  • Kavinsky has a very logical backstory that leads him to this place
  • Kavinsky chooses to be led to this place

Here are other, other things, also canonical:

  • Kavinsky can pull things from his dreams, has an absent (possibly dead) father, and an absent (largely useless) mother
  • Ronan can pull things from his dreams, has an absent (definitely dead) father, and an absent (largely useless) mother

I very much enjoyed writing Kavinsky — as a character, he challenged and delighted me. And I really wanted him to challenge and delight readers. One of the main ideas I’m exploring as I write the Raven Cycle is the question: how much are you a product of your upbringing? And can you overcome the terrible parts of it to become something better? All of the characters engage with these questions, which I find fiendishly interesting in real life. Kavinsky and Ronan both get the same set of circumstances and handle them in very different ways. It’s a choice.

So do I like Kavinsky? Out of all the characters I have ever written, he is one of my favorites.* Top four, probably. Or five, since four is an ugly number. But he’s a terrible person, more terrible because he chose it every. step. of. the. way. A logical backstory is not justification for trampling over consent, for kidnapping, for harassment.

Otherwise Adam would be justified in hitting Blue when he was angry, because he was hit by his father.

Kavinsky’s scale on the Richter scale of heartbreak? I’ll give him a solid 9, where 10 = absolutely zero evidence of desire to change.

These are all of my thoughts on Kavinsky. Your mileage may vary.

*ETA: I mean, people: I painted my car like his.

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bookriot:

Get ready for your TBR to explode. Here’s a nice, thick list of LGBTQ reading for any occasion.

This booklist is so good. SO good. 

catagator:

bookriot:

Get ready for your TBR to explode. Here’s a nice, thick list of LGBTQ reading for any occasion.

This booklist is so good. SO good. 

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weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Matched by Allie Condie, try Tankborn by Karen Sandler because both books feature dystopian stories with strong female main characters. Cassia in Matched and Kayla in Tankborn both must fight against an oppressive society for the right to choose their own life.

weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Matched by Allie Condie, try Tankborn by Karen Sandler because both books feature dystopian stories with strong female main characters. Cassia in Matched and Kayla in Tankborn both must fight against an oppressive society for the right to choose their own life.