So I realized while looking through all the blogs short-listed for BBAW to cast my votes (have you voted yet? click HERE to do so!) that I've had a totally lackluster week in terms of posts. I've posted two reviews, my Waiting on Wednesday feature, an interview with another blogger, and a giveaway. Great. Very representative of the stuff I especially like to write about, eh? Where are the boundary-breaking posts?! Where are the discussions that rack up the comments and debates and questions??!
I can only attribute this to #stephfail in light of the confusion of my second week of junior year in college. I'm sorry for disappointing, but no one is more disappointed in me than myself. I promise to write some more interesting posts soon, as soon as I've gotten my schedule and my major figured out. I have a whole bunch of awesome topics I'd love to write about: sex in YA, YA books-into-movies, overhyped books, good and bad boys in YA (for amazing posts about the last two, check out Adele's blog). Even looking at that list of topics I want to write about has my heart jumping like crazy. However, the time will come when I can formulate a cohesive post on those topics, and I'm excited for that time when I can be worthy again of my Best Writing short-list (seriously, I'm flabbergasted that I've made it that far, even though it's a definite dream come true)!
On other, not book-related but me-related notes (because every once in a while it's nice to know what the blogger is up to), I've been whirlwinding through my first two weeks of college, struggling to get into classes at the nearby University of Pennsylvania in order to NOT be bored with class. We shall see if that works out.
In the meantime, I spent a glorious Friday night (last night) discovering the magic of Hulu. Have you guys been on that site? You can basically watch a ton of TV shows for free. I never realized how amazing its creation was until I watched the first two episodes of GLEE (yes, that new musical comedy TV show that Khy loves to rave about) there. While it's not as good as it could be (occasionally stilted acting, unrealistic characters, really saccharinely cliche high school troubles, and actors who are too old for their parts as to make it look way unnatural), there's still enough fantastic singing and general musical-ness to make me laugh and be filled with, well, glee. So I might actually continue watching it on Hulu.
Now, if you know me, this is a major announcement, because I NEVER watch TV. The last show I liked was Gilmore Girls, and even that one I got the seasons on DVD and watched it that way. I've never followed a TV show on a weekly basis. Ever. So this will be a new experience for me.
Then I found some excerpts of True Blood online and watched those, and now I think I'm going to have to track down Season One so I can feel giddy over watching sexy, gritty vampires fighting for equality alongside their Southern accent-speaking humans. Exciting!!
Also, which blogger was it that said they liked the show Greek? Adele? Anyway, whoever it was, I watched Season One, Episode One on Hulu last night too, and I think I'm going to love that show. It's like Mean Girls for the college-age set, and the amazing thing is that, just like with the best of books, you're able to feel sympathetic for and even like most of the main characters, however bitchy or asshole-y they act. That's the thing I think I like the most about these shows featuring cliques or fraternities/sororities or high school popularity crises: they're all things I haven't experienced, and yet I feel I can relate to the characters because of the excellent way they are portrayed.
And now I'm going to move away from the topic of TV (an odd topic for me if there ever was one) and ask you guys for some recommendations. My Advanced Fiction Writing workshop reads a ton of short story collections. I was wondering: what are some of your favorite YA short story collections you've read? I haven't read that many and think I should start, in order to add to the relevance of this class.
Well, that's all for now for this life-update post, but I'll keep you guys posted with any new, non-book-related news every once in a while! Don't forget to vote for BBAW awards if you haven't already! :) Deadline is tonight at midnight!
[Edit] If you're interested, below are the posts I submitted for the two categories in which I was shortlisted.
For Best Writing:
1. Discussion: Race and Ethnicity in YA Lit http://stephsureads.blogspot.com/2009/06/discussion-race-ethnicity-in-ya.html
2. Review: Undercover by Beth Kephart http://stephsureads.blogspot.com/2009/05/review-undercover-by-beth-kephart.html
3. Review: The Season by Sarah Maclean http://stephsureads.blogspot.com/2009/04/review-season-by-sarah-maclean.html
4. Discussion: Is the New LIAR Cover Not Enough? http://stephsureads.blogspot.com/2009/08/discussion-is-new-liar-cover-not-enough.html
5. Review and Giveaway: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick http://stephsureads.blogspot.com/2009/08/review-giveaway-hush-hush-by-becca.html
For Best New Blog, every thing is the same, except I took out my review of Hush, Hush by added in a Friday Featured Blogger interview featuring H of About Books for Teens (http://stephsureads.blogspot.com/2009/05/friday-featured-blogger-8-h-from-about.html).
I think those were pretty representative of my best work on my blog, no? More to come!