Happy one month anniversary of the Commonplace Post! Or something.
As always, click on images to go to the site/post/etc.
I’m thinking of only going to the ALA conference next year because a) it’ll be right next to me once I actually move to California and b) it’ll be cheaper to go there instead of going to NYC for a week. If Ican swing both, though, I may do both! Anyway, since I haven’t heard of many book bloggers going to ALA, I’ve been Googling for info:
On the Topic of Bloggers at ALA @ Ten Cent Notes
ALA Survival Tips, New & Improved for #ALA11 @ Librarian By Day
Have you been to the ALA conference before? And/or are you going in 2012? Let me know!
Top Ten Fantasy Novels That Have Gay People In Them @ Autostraddle
A guy taking pictures of a bunch of people’s bedrooms sounds, well, it sounds kind of creepy. But when that guy is Kyoichi Tsuzuki and the photos go into a book called Tokyo Style, the end result is a much talked-about, candid window into the lives of Generation X Tokyoites.
Kindle Books Now Available At Local Libraries @ GalleyCat
October read-a-thon sign-ups are open! I’m cohosting again, btw! Yay!
But the perception currently out there is that, if the main character is a girl, or if a significant portion of the cast is female, it is “for girls” only and exclusively. And usually, if something is planned for both genders, it means most of the characters are boys – and that maybe, if you’re lucky, there are a couple of girls who get to tag along. I long for the day that female characters are not considered novel.
At the same time, it’s hard to ignore the evidence that some specific content will attract mostly women and girls and that other content will mostly attract men and boys. I think that’s okay too – not to mention fun. The problem is the positively ancient issue that a girl will watch a show or a movie about a boy – but a boy won’t watch a show or movie about a girl. The people who profit from media need to protect their investment, and they know they’ll get a larger audience and make more money if they default to “for boys.” It remains the most common reason why girl stuff isn’t made.