3 responses

  1. Susan Young
    April 12, 2010

    I absolutely appreciate realistic fiction, and I know it will “come back” once the glittery vampire fad has faded. The voices of such writers as Sarah Dessen, Judy Blume, and J.D. Salinger will absolutely continue to resonate for anyone who is or was a confused adolescent.
    I admire how YA author Francesca Lia Block seamlessly blends gritty, concrete realism (issues like homosexuality, alienation, etc) with fairy-tale elements. The eloquent, poetic language of her prose makes the magical events that occur seem plausible for her characters.


  2. Shannon Marshall
    April 12, 2010

    Excellent point, Susan. Francesca Lia Block does an excellent job of blending realism and fairytales. I’ve just begun to read “Ash” by Malinda Lo, which I believe will be using the language of fantasy and fairytales to heighten the realistic emotions of the main character, as well. Looking forward to it.


  3. Julie
    April 8, 2011

    I imagine it is. nice read, glad I found this.


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