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summerscourtney:

Congratulations! I am a huge fan of Gayle Forman’s beautiful novel If I Stay—it made both my heart and eyes cry, a lot—and I am looking forward to becoming a fan of your portrayal of Mia in the movie adaptation this August when I see it myself.

BUT as a YA author, I am concerned about your…

Seriously it annoys me when people look down on YA, I mean the genre doesn’t merely consist of ‘Twilight’ and ‘Mortal Instruments’ or ‘Hush Hush’. There are lots of legit good books and you shouldn’t dismiss a whole genre because of a few crap books. I mean, there are loads of duds in mainstream and even literary fiction but you don’t hear critics dismissing them as unworthy genres. :|

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civiljosefien:

1. My father served in Korea, in the Army.

This is probably the most obvious explanation.

My parents separated when I was in the second grade, and I never knew my dad that well. I didn’t grow up with him around. But I remember being fascinated by the fact that he was in the military – and stationed in a place where there had been an actual war, even though he was there decades after the worst of it.

There was this photo of him, in uniform, hanging over my grandmother’s coffee table – an unrecognizable teenager with short hair and tiny wire-rimmed glasses.

Every once in a while, if he’d had a few drinks, my dad would talk about the Army. How he signed up at 17 to avoid getting drafted and sent to Vietnam. The Army wouldn’t send a 17-year-old to Vietnam, he said. (I have no idea if this, or much else my dad told me, is true.)

He was especially proud of having protested the Vietnam War while he was in Korea. There was a clipping from a military newspaper with photos of the protest. I was 12 or 13 when he showed me this, and I definitely didn’t get it.

Over the years, I’ve had people tell me I must be confused about my dad, that there weren’t Americans soldiers left in Korea in the ‘70s. But there are still American soldiers in South Korea. We never left.

Anyway, the other thing my dad would talk about, every once in a while, was a girl he’d known in Korea. My mom says he carried this Korean girl’s photo in his wallet for years after he came home. He’d been in love with her; my mom thought he still was.

I used to wonder about that girl. About how he met her. Whether she spoke English. Whether she was his age. Whether it was some secret love affair, or something her friends and family knew about … What if she was his soulmate?

What if fate and circumstance and the U.S. government had come together to deliver my father across the continents to his soulmate – and he just left her there.

He could have stayed, I thought. He could have brought her back. Omaha is a military town; people bring wives and husbands back from all over.

I remember being so angry with him. First for leaving the person he was meant to be with; then for leaving my mom, the person he wasn’t meant to be with; and then for leaving all my brothers and sisters and me in his wake.

So … in Eleanor & Park, Park’s dad gets sent to Korea because his brother has died in combat in Vietnam. He meets his soulmate there. And he brings her home. 

Aw, that’s sweet. He brings her “home”. He takes her away from her country, her home, her land, her language, her people and brings her “home”. Aw, how wonderful. How romantic. 

Aw, he’s in a land ravaged by war. Wow, how heroic and wonderful. Aw, he protested the Vietnam War. Aw, he kept this picture of a Korean woman. Lolololol, in the 1970s? The women that often met men in the American military were often prostitutes. The ravaged economy due to war and really volatile times, socially, politically, economically, often forced women into these occupations. You see it as this romantic thing and your heart breaks for this unrequited love. My heart breaks, shatters, for these women who were total victims to Western politics and history. 

Don’t glorify the American military. Not when they keep raping our women and getting away with it—maybe a slap on the wrist, but nothing more. I can’t believe you wrote about PoC but didn’t bother to do your research, or even complexly develop them. And your half-Korean main character’s name is PARK?!@#$%^&* Please tell me that is supposed to be a Western name. Like I said before, Park is only a surname. You can use it as a first name, sure, but it’s bastardizing our culture. Stop Cho-Chang-ing us, White authors. You have a PLETHORA OF CHOICES. STOP F-ING CHO-CHANG-ING and PARK-ING US. 

wow this is so gross this is like white savior soup

You know what the horrible thing is

http://lostintrafficlights.tumblr.com/post/66176109276/tv

under Dear Leader Park I, the government directly controlled the sex trade with U.S. soldiers. apartments and clinics were built specifically for korean women recruited for the sex trade, and the title government officially gave them was ‘comfort women(위안부)’. women who were found to be infected with STDs were forcibly incarcerated for ‘treatment’ and a significant number died during the process.

prostitution was illegal (as it is now) in korea at the time.

That first quote is from the author’s website. The post’s called “Why is Park Korean?

Because my dad served in Korea.

Because there was a boy on my bus whose dad loved his mom enough not to say good-bye.

Oh my goddd ?!?!???

So she knew 1 Chinese person growing up, decides to write this book using what little she observed of this person, and applies that to a half-Korean, half-white character. Can we stop her now.

Because I don’t live in a world where everyone looks and thinks exactly like I do. And I don’t want to write about a world like that. Even though maybe it would be easier …

Her character are exactly what she thinks of Asian people though??? Obviously she didn’t even interview an Asian person at all?!!!

YUP. ALL OF THIS. While I was reading “Eleanor and Park,” there was something distinctly unsettling about the relationship between Park’s parents, and this pretty much articulates why, since the relationship read more like a super gross extension of white savior tropes mixed in with exoticism, orientalism, and Asian fetishization undertones. So, even though practically everyone I know in the YA world fawned and still fawning over “Eleanor and Park,” (I mean let’s face it, Rainbow Rowell is the darling of the YA world right now) I was not particularly enamored by it. There were a few times when I was reading and put down the book and was like “fuck this shit” but still read it to the end. This just covers the relationship between Park’s parents, but jeez we even haven’t gotten into all the casual racism littered throughout the book, along with Park’s characterization or his mother’s. Who, by the way, is named “Mindy,” but from what I recall from the book, her actual Korean name is “Min-Dae.” I think it’s implied that Park’s mother basically adopted the Americanized name of “Mindy” instead, and the fact that Rowell doesn’t address how this assimilation via adoption of “Americanized” names can be pretty GODDAMN DEHUMANIZING, really didn’t bode so well with me.  Also, there’s the whole thing where I’m pretty sure anti-miscengation laws still existed throughout the country well up into the 1950s and 1960s? Anywho, I could go on forever ranting about this, but these two reviews, including one written by a reader of Asian descent nicely fleshes out the other things I mentioned:

http://cleareyesfullshelves.com/blog/eleanor-park

http://www.respiring-thoughts.com/2013/05/06/book-review-eleanor-park-by-rainbow-rowell/

What? Her name is Min-Dae? That’s the weirdest female name to give to a girl in Korean. Firstly it just sounds weird-민대? Sounds like the Korean word for bedbug, which is called 빈대. That’s a terrible name to give to a child. It doesn’t sound like any name I have ever heard. Secondly it doesn’t sound like a specifically Korean female name. Korean names, like other cultures, have gendered names. So there are overtly feminine names and masculine sounds and such. This sounds not only inaccurate but were it given to a child despite the sheer odds it would be a masculine name. 

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Well now I'm curious. I looked up all of the books that you recommended and there's only one by a male writer. You know men write YA too, right? It's not just stories about vapid teen girls. There are real stories in there. Might I recommend you branch out to include more stories that aren't just about teen girls? Neil Gaiman, David Levithan, Jay Asher just to name a few.
sinecosinerule sinecosinerule Said:

aprihop:

 There are real stories in there

are you trying to tell me, a woman, that a story about a “vapid” teen girl isn’t a real story? dude are you lost on the way to /r/theredpill or something?

i’m not at all interested in the authors mentioned, or their books. they do nothing for me. if you want to recommend books to people, go ahead and do it, but i’m not going to do it for you. and for real, neil gaiman? do you even go here? 

ok which one of you is trolling me tho

The anon makes me feel sad. Firstly, the authors dominating YA are predominantly male. And as a (still) teenage girl, I’m pissed that my life experiences are written off as vapid and therefore not worth listening. Unless anon here has only experienced teen girls through american high school movies, I’m pretty sure a lot of YA written by female authors about teenage girl are nowhere near vapid. I means I love Neil Gaiman but he and other white male authors should not be the be all and end all of what YA entails. I sincerely hope anon steps on several pieces of lego.

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I am contributing a heart wrenching contribution to this fandom. I would never lower the tone of this fandom. Like ever




Simon Monroe 
ULA disciple Simon is on a mission of Undead liberation… 
Charismatic Simon Monroe, one of the 12 disciples of the Undead Prophet, enters Roarton with a besotted Amy Dyer. Outwardly, he’s on a mission to liberate PDS Sufferers, urging them to make the most of their second lives. He’s not afraid to make waves in Roarton to achieve his goal, and before long the village’s undead population are seduced by his charms. But Kieren has his doubts…
The ULA have been linked to fatal attacks on the living… does Simon have a more sinister side? And does he have an ulterior motive for being in Roarton?
Quote: “The Undead Liberation Army is about protecting The Redeemed from the Living. Because no one else will.”
Emmett J Scanlan - In The Flesh newcomer Emmett has also starred in The Fall, and is well-known for his role of Brendan Brady in Hollyoaks.

Simon Monroe

ULA disciple Simon is on a mission of Undead liberation…

Charismatic Simon Monroe, one of the 12 disciples of the Undead Prophet, enters Roarton with a besotted Amy Dyer. Outwardly, he’s on a mission to liberate PDS Sufferers, urging them to make the most of their second lives. He’s not afraid to make waves in Roarton to achieve his goal, and before long the village’s undead population are seduced by his charms. But Kieren has his doubts…

The ULA have been linked to fatal attacks on the living… does Simon have a more sinister side? And does he have an ulterior motive for being in Roarton?

Quote: “The Undead Liberation Army is about protecting The Redeemed from the Living. Because no one else will.”

Emmett J Scanlan - In The Flesh newcomer Emmett has also starred in The Fall, and is well-known for his role of Brendan Brady in Hollyoaks.

bbcthree:

In the Flesh:

BAFTA nominated zombie drama ‘In the Flesh’ returns soon to BBC Three. Meet the characters from the new series & bite into this juicy press-pack for all the latest info: 
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/mediapacks/inthefleshs2/

floozys:

Honestly i don’t understand why in the flesh doesn’t have a giant following on tumblr.

"Set in the fictional village of Roarton, Lancashire, after The Rising, in which teenager Kieren Walker was re-animated along with thousands of people who died in the year 2009. There quickly followed ‘The Pale Wars’ in which the zombies were hunted and killed by armed bands of militia. After months of rehabilitation and medication, the zombies (now referred to as partially deceased syndrome (PDS) patients by the government, but pejoratively known as "rotters") are judged ready to return to society, their homes and families. They are given cosmetics and contact lenses, so they can ‘pass,’ and to conceal their partially deceased status. They must maintain a strict program of medication to avoid going "rabid" again, which is one injection a day. Many are haunted by returning memories of the atrocities they committed while rabid. In the extremist village of Roarton, PDS sufferers face prejudice from the villagers upon their return.

i know what you’re thinking, ‘oh god another tv show with straight characters that metaphorically go through what LGBTQA+ people go through, why can’t they just let LGBTQA+ people represent their own oppression..’ except, i don’t want to spoil too much but trust me when i say you will not be disappointed. 

i really cannot recommend it enough especially since they announced that there will be a second series today!

you can watch some trailers:

here, here, here and here 

and you can watch the episodes here:

episode one

episode two

episode three

(trigger warnings for homophobia, guns, gore, death, suicide, blood, murder.. it’s a tv show about zombies you get the picture) 

I love this show so much. Like I can’t understand how tumblr has so much love for shows like Sherlock, slashing male characters together but then a show with an actual lgbtqa character appears and a rabid fandom hasn’t appeared yet. Think of all the possibilities tumblr. And there’s zombies.

Yeah I’ll just sit in a corner and wait for series 2.

Choose a Side. [x]

lastbiterss:

Just in time for those of you suffering from zombie withdrawal…. like me. ;-D