Archive for May, 2008

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Won’t someone think of the children? And should they, really?

Here’s something that’s come up a few times in the debate over Twilight, and I’ve been mulling over it for a couple of weeks: Does a writer have a responsibility to, for lack of a better phrase, set a good example for his or her readers?

My stance with Twilight is that it depicts as its central point a relationship with abusive tendencies. You are free to disagree with me, but let’s talk about a hypothetical book that does depict an abusive relationship. Or, say, drug use or anorexia or racism or gang violence or what have you. Is it an author’s responsibility to make it clear that such behavior is bad? Or is the author’s only responsibility to tell a story as well as he or she is able?

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Twilight

Twilight By Stephanie Meyer [LibraryThingAmazon]

When Bella moves to the dreary small town of Forks, she doesn’t expect to meet the love of her life – and she certainly doesn’t expect him to be a vampire. But Edward is exactly that, and his love for Bella may not be stronger than his thirst for her blood. And even if it is, can Edward protect Bella from the bloodthirsty newcomer who’s set his sights on her?

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Magic Lessons and Magic’s Child

Magic LessonsJustine Larbaelstier [Magic Lessons at LibraryThingMagic Lessons at Amazon; Magic’s Child at LibraryThingMagic’s Child at Amazon]

After discovering that magic is real and deadly in Magic or Madness, Reason’s story continues. In the second book of the trilogy, she and her friends Jay-Tee and Tom begin learning how magic works and what they can do with it. But their lessons are interrupted when what seems to be a magic monster begins stalking Reason and causing trouble. But it turns out the creature may not be out to hurt Reason after all… and it might just hold the answers Reason is seeking.

Warning: there is no real way to review the third book without spoiling major sections of the second, so yes, there will be uncovered spoilers below. Don’t click if you’re the sort who avoids spoilers!
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The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls

The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls By Elise Primavera [LibraryThingAmazon]

Although Prudence Gumm, Franny Muggs, and Cat Lemonjello have all lived on the same street their whole lives, they don’t like each other at all. And when Ivy Diamond moves to town, it’s not long before none of them like her, either. But then they find themselves mixed up with a witch, a lot of ruby red slippers – and one silver one – a wizard in a hot air balloon, and magical and perilous secret country. To survive, they’ll have to work together, appreciate each other’s strengths, and look at almost everything from the other way around.

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