I was around 12 when I made the “jump” (as I considered it) from the Juvenile Fiction section of the library to the Young Adult side. Besides a geographical relocation, the biggest impact of the move was that I now had to be extra careful with the books I selected. Compared to Juvenile Fiction (where anything besides a chaste kiss would have been shocking), the Young Adult books I perused seemed chalk full of sex, language, and dark, mature content. Where I once read broadly from all genres and authors, I now tiptoed, jumping from safe series (like the Hardy Boys Classified) to familiar authors (like Jessica Day George). In fact, it wasn’t until college that I fully embraced YA as a genre and felt comfortable trying books at random. It seems silly now, but at the time this search for “safety” involved quite a bit of soul searching and boundary stretching on my part.
Part of what got me reading YA broadly was that I moved libraries. The tiny, local library in Dayton, TN didn’t have the resources for a kids’ section and a teens’ section. The result was a sort of hodgepodge of the two, broadly called “Young Adult.” A part of me always felt they got it wrong. Either you have “clean” books, or you don’t. You can’t mix them.
However, looking at it now, I’ve started to wonder about my definition of “young adult.” I’ve always considered it like a PG13 movie rating. When you enter, you go in with the knowledge that there is “mature content ahead.” Many books I’ve seen placed in YA recently seem to belong to the more innocuous PG rating, however. It is somewhat more mature than a G rating (or traditional Juvenile Fiction), but comparatively clean. Or perhaps they are just coming of age stories a grade schooler wouldn’t find interesting, particularly if it contains older characters or more subtle themes.
I suppose the YA genre is a mix of PG and PG13, though it still seems like a nuanced jump to me. How would you define YA? Do you have a particular way of categorizing it in your mind?
I am taking my youth group girls to see the new Beauty in the Beast movie in a few weeks and I feel like this calls for a serious conversation about hair.
Now in general, I feel redheads are vastly underrepresented in pop culture. However, my sister was ranting the other day about the lack of brunette princesses, and I think she makes a very legit point. Take a look at this:
5 of these princesses have black hair. Three have blond hair. Two have red hair. Only one is a brunette!
Add in Anna and Elsa…
We have 5 black haired princesses, three blonds, three redheads, one brunette and one sort of blond sort of white haired ice Queen.
Now, there are a few less popular/not recognized Disney leading ladies who are brunettes, like Jane. (Actually, just Jane. I just looked it up and Megara is supposed to have auburn like hair.) And anyway, at the same time, you add another red head, another blond, and another black haired princess.
No matter how far you expand…
And who you include…
Brunettes really only have one good princess…
(is that supposed to be Moana on the end?)
And that is Belle!
If there is one thing ENFPs like, it is self-discovery. I love reading about my personality type and if you are looking for something, Heidi Priebe writes especially great articles. However, my favorite article hands down is Your ENFP Care And Handling User Guide And Manual. (Clink on the link to read the article.)
Not only is this article relatable and funny (or at least I assume it is for those of you who have to live with me) but it has this marvelous paragraph under “Modes” that reads:
Emo – Activated seemingly randomly by a large influx of emotion that your ENFP unit must withdraw and analyze in order to understand and integrate. occurs approximately one (1) out of every fifteen (15) days. Completion of this mode is often signaled by your ENFP unit announcing it has learned something new about itself.
I nearly shouted out loud when I came upon that passage. “YES! THAT IS IT!” Someone put it into words! ENFPs are the most introverted of the extroverts; we like people but we also are big on self-understanding and that takes quiet and withdrawal. Sometimes it is simply for recharging. However, at least for me, I often mentally and emotionally withdraw for a time because I feel the need to reevaluate my goals or motivation and gain some new understanding of myself. When I’ve emerged, I feel more complete and satisfied. Hence, I suppose, the “Emo Mode.”
Since I’m a verbal processor, the process doesn’t always mean withdrawing. It sometimes involves simply talking things through with a friend. The process and result, however, are often the same.
Anyway, in writing this I am less motivated by a desire that you all “understand” me and more by a hope that this will in turn help others understand themselves better. Sometimes, it helps just having someone else put it into words!
Tonight the youth group where I volunteer held a costume party…which means for the past few days I have been last-minute costume shopping. It has not been easy. There are a lot of inappropriate costumes out there! I was flipping between the skanky nurse and slutty firefighter when I decided…might as well go as the Virgin Queen!
I have always wanted to dress up as Queen Elizabeth I. This was so much fun!
Have you seen the Oh Snap! pickles at Wal Mart or Kwik Trip or whatever your local grocery store is? Those things are amazing. It is just a giant pickle or pickle bites in awesome packaging. I usually just get the whole pickle but tonight I got the pickle bites and they are just as good if not better. You see, tonight I am using them to keep awake.
I left the house at 6 am this morning and probably won’t make it home till closer to 11. Lonnngggg day. Tomorrow I get to do it again so I don’t want to waste what precious sleeping hours I have being awake because of caffeine. Pickles are the perfect solution! The sour and salty taste and weird texture are enough to keep me wide awake and the crunching keeps my facial muscles moving which also keeps me awake. I am very pleased with this.
It is not the first time I have used pickles to stay awake. My freshman year of college I didn’t drink coffee so I would eat spicy pickles to stay awake to finish projects.
I’m telling you, pickles are totally underrated!
Me: So if I need to be there by 9, I should leave no later than 8:30.
Brain: Blah blah blah…8:30. Got it.
*alarm goes off at 7:30*
Me: *groggy* Whaaa?
Brain: Don’t worry! You don’t have to do anything till 8:30. You can sleep for another hour.
Me: Sounds good. Zzzzzz
Thankfully, my subconscious started working on why I would have set my alarm an hour earlier than absolutely necessary and I was out of bed 10 minutes later. Getting up in the morning is a team effort! xD
After writing a contemplative blog post yesterday, I felt inspired today to write about something equally deep and thoughtful today. However, that was before I discovered Miraculous Ladybug. Hopefully you will bear with me because I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS TV SHOW I FOUND!!!!!!!!!!
I’m going to do that thing they tell you never to do in writing…quote Wikipedia for the description of the show. Miraculous: Tale of Ladybug and Cat Noir is:
“Set in modern-day Paris, the series focuses on teenagers Marinette Dupain-Cheng and her classmate and crush Adrien Agreste. When evil arises, Marinette transforms into her secret superhero persona Ladybug, while Adrien transforms into his superhero persona Cat Noir, using powerful objects known as the Miraculous. Oblivious to each other’s true identities, the two work together to protect Paris from the mysterious villain Hawk Moth, who covets and attempts to steal their powers by using his akuma, butterflies infused with black energy, to influence and transform everyday citizens into supervillains.“
Yes, this is a children’s TV show about a superhero who has ladybug powers. But it is so fun! The characters are really creative and fun and the villains are zany and different. The show is set in France and uses CGI animation but you can feel the anime/Asian influence. The horrid/corny/fantastic puns thrown in each episode are entertaining on every level and the real chemistry between Ladybug and Cat Noir keeps the teenybopper drama at bay.
I really love Cat Noir.
While this show is lighthearted and slightly formulaic, it brings originality and just good fun to a creative idea and I’ve enjoyed watching it in the same way I enjoy watching Barbie Life in the Dream House and Word Girl and Legion of Superheroes. Am I the intended age demographic? Nope! Do I enjoy every moment of it? Absolutely.
The theme song is one of the best parts. I’ve had it stuck in my head all day.
Check out the first ten episodes dubbed English here! –