Category: themes

  • How to Avoid Being Too Dark?

    On Monday, while discussing young adult literature, I utilized a ‘bedroom’ dark metaphor. The argument being that you can see in the dark if there is some light trickling in. In my opinion, all young adult literature – all good young adult literature – has that little bit of light trickling in, even if it’s…

  • Seeing in the Dark: The YA Novel in General and The Graveyard Book in Particular

    Earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal took a series of hits for this article by Meghan Cox Gurdon. Her argument is that Young Adult Literature is DARK: “Darker than when you were a child, my dear: So dark that kidnapping and pederasty and incest and brutal beatings are now just part of the run…

  • Those Little Bits of Insight

    “‘I was thinking,’ I said, ‘that when my time comes, I should be sorry if the only plea I had to offer was that of justice. Because it might mean that only justice would be meted out to me.’”~The Vicar Leonard Clement in Murder at the Vicarage, discussing the necessity of mercy when considering a…

  • Recurring Themes and You

    We like to think that we’re saying something unique and original Every Single Time We Write…or at least, I do. Such is not always the case. Our lives are limited to, well, our lives. Our passions are limited to (you guessed it) our passions. In general, these things don’t radically change. Patterns emerge and repeat.…