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nenena ([personal profile] nenena) wrote2010-07-26 07:51 pm

One link.

[ profile] rachelmanija has a very interesting post and discussion about toxic tropes regarding disabilities in YA fiction.

It's depressing how many of these books have won and continue to win awards, too. :(

[identity profile] 2010-07-27 03:58 am (UTC)(link)
That's just.. do the people celebrating those books think there's some deeper meaning in it? (I don't think they teach any lessons; or if they do, any positive ones.) I will admit though, I laughed at this: "A boy befriends a man whose face is scarred. Then the boy is emotionally scarred when the man makes a pass at him."

It's so lolwut?

[identity profile] 2010-07-27 03:48 pm (UTC)(link)
It is vitally important that we let kids know that life sucks. They are incapable of figuring this out on their own.

[identity profile] 2010-07-27 10:47 am (UTC)(link)
that's rly disturbing >_<;;; and creepy... I had no idea this was a whole genre :\ (cuz i never read any YA books as a kid :\ ) and it's just AUGH >_<;;

i suspect that these books winning awards encourages more authors to write such books (or go even more distilled with those tropes) to win awards and be recognized >:| and that "awful things happening (esp to marginalized groups that we should pity but not respect in any way)" makes a story more "mature" and "intelligent" and "complex" and etc etc RAWR >:|