Maya the Bea


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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.

"Young Adult Publishing and the John Green Effect" (via delicatedad)

When a man succeeds in a devalued (because of its association with women) field, he legitimizes it in popular opinion.

(via survivorsuperhero)

#this is a legitimate criticism but it isn’t helpful to place blame on one individual when it’s a societal issue#i believe he uses his internet stature as a platform to support and promote a LOT of his fellow female YA authors to the best of his ability#and it’s also important to remember that his internet presence extends far beyond the handful of novels he’s written#he and his brother have essentially started a franchise with vlogbrothers#they run multiple youtube channels exclusively for educating people about politics history and science#his fame as an author stems more from his internet presence than vice versa#like he doesn’t have that many twitter followers BECAUSE of his books#his books have the readership they do because many people discovered them after finding vlogbrothers

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If you find any mistakes please send me an ask and I’ll fix it immediately! This is my first time drawing a comic. Hope you like it.

Well this is what I spent almost a week on, nearly without breaks. The idea is that Hans killed Elsa near the end and Anna had to run away with Kristoff to save herself. Despite what Hans thought, killing Elsa wouldn’t remove the winter, and so he started looking for Anna when he saw she was gone. He didn’t expect Anna, who had been toughened by the merciless wilderness of Arendelle, to be ready for when he finally did find her.

Thanks to the brilliant Gingerhaole for feeding my brain with such a wonderful au idea, and actually bringing me to make this reality, and thanks to everyone who kept me company in my livestreams. You make my world go round, guys!

I’m absolutely positively in love with this. It is everything I needed to satisfy the emotional thirsts I had when I drew the piece that inspired this — the violence, the bass thud; his desperation, grasping at straws, still taunting until his last breath; her rage, transcended messy hysteria for the focused calm of a Shaolin monk. Her benevolent expression in the second-to-last page, the hand on his chest, on his cold, cold heart. The viscera and departure.

Holly, this is just a masterpiece. I could float in these pages like a ghost. And I can’t describe how proud and honored I am that anything I did gave way to something this beautiful.


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