did lena dunham just take a potshot at how much racial diversity there is on scandal
Before John Green, his general category of realistic (non-fantasy) YA was rife with teen angst and “issues” fiction that you might have associated with the legendary Judy Blume, or with newer writers like Sarah Dessen or Laurie Halse Anderson. Anderson’s classic 1999 novel Speak, about a high schooler struggling to deal with the aftermath of sexual assault, was so influential that three years later Penguin launched an entire imprint named after it. One of the books launched under the behest of Speak was Green’s Looking for Alaska. But it’s Green whose name you’re more likely to know today, not Anderson’s, although Anderson has won more awards and written more books.
On Twitter, Green has 2 million followers. Compared to the rest of the leaders in Young Adult fiction, that number is staggering. To approach even half the Twitter influence of John Green all by himself, you need an entire army of YA women. Anderson, Blume, Dessen, Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Rainbow Rowell, Maureen Johnson, Malinda Lo, Holly Black, LJ Smith, Ellen Hopkins, Shannon Hale, Lauren Myracle, Libba Bray, Melissa Marr, and Leigh Bardugo: As a group these women only have about 1.2 million followers on Twitter. That’s the voice of one man outweighing several decades of women who have had major successes, critical acclaim, and cultural influence."
I don’t think this is telling the whole story. John Green is also a media personality. He’s quite famous for his vlogging, from his stuff with his brother, his crash courses, or his current gig with Mental Floss. A lot of his followers only know him from his vlogging, not his writing.
- Italy: Italia
- Germany: Deutschland
- Japan: 日本 (Nihon)
- France: France (in a super cool accent)
- China: 中国 (Zhōngguó)
- England: The United Kingdom
- Russia: Россия (Rossiya)
- Canada: Canada
- America: THE GREATEST GODDAMNED COUNTRY IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD TASTE MY FREEDOM WHAT NOW ENGLAND IN YOUR FACE
Yeah, and the ship sailed from Kolkata in Bengal, which suffered a genocidal famine in WWII because the British were extracting so much capital from it. And who got the recovered silver in the end? The fucking British government.
oh fuck me, really?
Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and Sony Buy Film Rights to WWI Graphic Novel “The Harlem Hellfighters”
Sony has picked up rights to The Harlem Hellfighters, Max Brooks‘ upcoming graphic novel based on the true story of an African American WWI Army infantry unit. Caleeb Pinkett and James Lassiter will produce for Overbrook Entertainment. Hitting stores on April 1st via Broadway Books, The Harlem Hellfighters is based on the Army’s 369th infantry division, an African-American unit fighting in…