Yay! I <3ed both Ash and Huntress~ Following finishing Ash I thought, I bet that Aisling participates in the hunts with Kaisa and the prince. I wondered if, after time had passed, if he'd ever learn that it was her he met at the ball. I thought, even if he did that they might end up laughing about it, given the way they'd probably relate by then. Is that a question? I don't know. Maybe it's more of, the story was so wonderful I couldn't let it end there. XD
Thank you for your kind words! I’m going to answer your question with another question … Do you really want me to tell you?
I think that this is one of those cases where whatever you think happens is the right answer. You are free to imagine the prince having a laugh with Ash after he realizes who she is. Or, you’re free to imagine him never getting a clue and Ash laughing to herself every time she sees him. Both work! So … if you want it to be that way, it is. :)
What are your thoughts on the kiss issue between Brittany and Santana on Glee?
Well, you may be appalled to learn that I do not watch Glee.
However, I do read Dorothy Surrenders (of course!), so I’m well aware of what has not been happening on Glee.
You may not be surprised to learn that I am generally in favor of ladies kissing, on screen and in real life. So, I think that Brittany and Santana should have a real kiss already. It’s well past time. Cuz kissing is good!
When Cindy Pon and I first talked about launching Diversity in YA, I was motivated by a desire to bring attention to books about non-white and/or non-straight characters in a positive way. I did not want to box these books in as problem novels, as many of them have been positioned over the years (recognizing that the term “problem novel” itself is problematic). I also didn’t want Diversity in YA to have a sense of liberal guilt, or an attitude of “you should read these because they’re broadening to the mind.”
I wanted to make “diversity” on this site mean something that was just plain awesome. I wanted to position these books as stories you’d want to dive into because they were about a great character, or had a fascinating premise, or were written beautifully. I wanted the books to be celebrated on their own merits. A year later, my concept of diversity in middle grade and young adult books has been challenged and reshaped in many ways.
December isn’t over yet, but I’m going to get a jump on all those other year-end best-of lists and post mine now. Here are my top 10 favorite things of 2011, from books to TV shows to websites, counting down from 10 to 1.
"What the L Word must repudiate in order to represent “lesbian” as “successful” is the butch. The butch therefore gets cast as anachronistic, as the failure of femininity, as an earlier, melancholic model of queerness that has now been updated and transformed into “desirable” womanhood. The butch lesbian indeed is not only a failure within contemporary queer renderings of desire, she stands in for a failure within consumer culture writ large because her masculinity becomes a block to male desire while feminine lesbians, of the variety imagined within a hetero-pornographic imagination, sell everything from beer to bathing suits. Somehow, the masculine lesbian proves to be a kind of kryptonite for capitalism.”
“When scientific theory says something’s wrong with so many people, perhaps the theory is wrong, not the people.”—Joan Roughgarden, Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender, and Sexuality in Nature and People
“We live in a world of false certainties: Whether we are discussing politics, religion, or economics, when we flip on our televisions or open our Web browsers to a news site, we encounter the often strongly held opinions of others—opinions that lead us into a series of binary choices: conservative or liberal, believer or atheist, capitalist or socialist. My argument, simply, is that these are false choices—that there are middle paths that bear more fruit.”—Steve Volk, Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable—And Couldn’t
" … why did you decide to spin the tale into a story involving homosexuality? The well-known tale of Cinderella is one whose format and story line thrives from the need of a heterosexual relationship- a strong male character to “save the day.”
“The central question — central for the survival and well-being of our world — is how we can make the wonderful developments of science into something that offers altruistic and compassionate service for the needs of humanity and the other sentient beings with whom we share this earth.”—The Dalai Lama, The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality
“It’s rad that Finn wants Santana to feel free to be her unicorn-loving self. It’s cool that he knows how sometimes people turn their aggression inward when they’re so full of anger. But come on, man. He feels sorry for her? HE FEELS SORRY FOR HER? That’s condescending to a face-punching degree….