Re: Thanks

Date: 2011-03-24 06:00 pm (UTC)
You raise a lot of interesting points, and I agree with most of them. I framed my point in the most provocative/offensive way possible because I was grumpy, and I do think it's probably more sensible to look at market forces. Also agree that my not being a dick in some posts doesn't negate my being a dick in that one. (Though I would say it provides a more nuanced picture of me than a lot of people have seen.)

I just want to respond to a couple of things. Huge, huge agreement about female sexuality in YA fiction. Honestly, it seems to be the thing that publishing is most afraid of. While I'm glad that there is fiction that deals with the real and pernicious problem of sexual assault, it seems from my reading that sexual assaults are far more common in YA fiction that loving (or at least tender) sexual encounters that girls enjoy. This is really sex-negative and screwed up. Wonder why the idea of women enjoying sex is still so scary in this day and age.

I know that there is nothing inherently gendered about the color pink. Our culture has assigned that meaning to it. I don't know why, but book bloggers have given more attention to the book with the pink cover than to the other love story I co-wrote with the same author last year. I concede that there could be any number of reasons for this. But I'm not willing to rule out the possibility that the pink cover may be a factor. I don't think girls are inherently drawn to pink, but it is a pretty strong cultural signal that people who live in this culture may respond to positively or negatively.

Or maybe it's just a better book.

Anyway, I appreciate the opportunity to have a conversation rather than an argument.
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