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24 July 2010 @ 03:17 pm
Will make locked post for my flist on Livejournal to ~*explain*~ myself soon. (the short of my excuse is that I'm going through another one of those cycles wherein I basically ball up in a corner and become anti-social. I get anti-social spells every so often.) But in general I think I'll still try to keep up my dreamwidth account (with the same username) but there will probably be a big change, less fandom squee, etc etc in general, probably will end up being a place for me to gather linkspams to be organized and stuff. Basically very impersonal, or at least even more impersonal than I am now <- is the shittiest online friend ever.

All fic commitments I've made are still on. It is only posts to this journal that is going on hiatus.

Am more or less active on twitter and my book blog, in case anyone wondered.

I'm pretty sure I only de-followed comms and a couple usernames of authors I no longer read novels of, but if I've de-friended you and you think it's a mistake then please let me know through the comments (all screened). Likewise, if you wish to stop following me because our interests have grown far too apart, any reason whatsoever, feel free to let me know in the comments as well. No hard feelings.

Update: I've taken to locking everything. I may comb through the locked posts and delete the ones that I find too private.

I'm still using my dreamwidth blog, not regularly by any means, sometime in a month I'd link something, or I'd bitch about racist YA novels... I still don't know how I want to make my fandom blogging experience like, and I'm still fairly quiet, but I do know I want to write more fic, with lotsa femslash/yuri with the occasional het and rare boyslash/yaoi couples. But er yeah, go to dreamwidth if you want updates on my fandom self. Not sure when I'll use livejournal again besides using it to sign up for fic challenges like those lovely bingo cards, lol, but 1) I have no immediate plans to use my lj blog any time soon and 2) this is a temporary goodbye. I may or may not use LJ for blogging again. can't promise anything. *shrugs*
30 July 2009 @ 11:18 am
The cover!controversy has been talked about quite a bit in IBARW and all around the web so I’m going to be brief. Let this be clear: I am so angry at this. It is yet another instance of white-washing novel!covers, a disgusting trend in book publishing trend that HAS TO STOP NOW.

ETA: For those who don't know, Liar is a novel surrounding the murder and told from our narrator who may or may not have been involved in the killing. She is a compulsive liar, and she is also a black girl living during the 1930s in NYC. THIS is how the cover looks like

But I’ll be honest, what really pissed me out about the cover!controversy? The bullshit Melanie Cecka pulled by trying to justify having a lily white girl on the cover when the protagonist is depicted to be black:

The entire premise of this book is about a compulsive liar,” said Melanie Cecka, publishing director of Bloomsbury Children’s Books USA and Walker Books for Young Readers, who worked on Liar. “Of all the things you’re going to choose to believe of her, you’re going to choose to believe she was telling the truth about race?”

I, just ARGH. *stabbity stab* not only this is a blatant lie in attempt to convince the audience that they were actually being clever about the whole cover girl thing, (which was further dispelled by Justine Larbalestier’s post on the real reason she was given by the publisher on why this cover was chosen) not only was this a poorly thought out excuse in order to justify white-washing the novel cover, but this is just like the whole RACE CARD THING white people like to accuse POC of!

Because, of course, whenever any form of racial discourse POC tries to raise as an issue or w/e, it’s OBVIOUSLY A LIE. *stabs* Because if a fictional character in a book claims to be black she’s obviously LYING about it.

Because everyone in the world is white by default and if you claim to be of another ethnicity YOU ARE LYING ABOUT IT.

Needless to say, I will definitely not be buying the US version of Liar and instead using my money to get an Australian copy.

Also, I believe I’ve been seeing some comments where people are talking about how they thought the cover!girl looked “Asian” and references to the girls from Ju-On and the Ring. And you know what? I’m not even gonna bother with how that just sounds like a whole lot of derailing and instead say that as a girl of Chinese ethnicity who’s inner child always wished she could find more than a small handful of cover!girls who looked like her, the girl on that cover looks whitey lily white to me. Even if I accepted the hair and the “double eyelid” eyes, but you know that nose there? Is NOT an “Asian” nose. END. Moving on.


Judge Me; Liar, Liar
Judging a Book by its Cover
Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Liar (YA)
Book Covers and Race: WHY?
Review of Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Untrustworthy Narrators and Publishers
Liar Liar Pants on Fire
Who’s The LIAR?
Justine Larbalestier’s Cover of Liar
International Blog Against Racism Week: Liar cover edition

where to buy Australian YA Online

Proposal: Open Source Book Re-Covery Project


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28 July 2009 @ 05:18 pm
It's Internation Blog Against Racism Week!

How to participate:

Announce the week in your blog.

Post about race and/or racism: in media, in life, in the news, personal experiences, writing characters of color, portrayals of race in fiction, review a book on the subject, etc. (Linking back here is highly appreciated!) The optional theme this year is "global."

Let us know by bookmarking your post on Delicious with "for:ibarw," or comment with a link to your post in one of the link collecting posts.


I will be making my posts for IBARW, starting with the cover!controversy of Larbalestier's Liar. However, for now, I'll just link up something from AngryAsianMan.Com that sparked my interest as a Asian Drama fan: Korean Dramas Will Reunify the Peninsula. Never underestimate the power of the Hallyu Wave! *nods*

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24 July 2009 @ 09:54 am
21. Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth - [info - personal] oyceter already wrote a lovely review for this, to which I can only nod and agree with what has already been said, but yeah, I just, I love how she was spoiled and how the events around her force her to grow up. The feminism and colonialism bits were done perfectly, and you can’t help but root for Leila, spoiled and wrong as she is at times. =D Recommended.

22. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz - You know, the whole time I was reading this book I kept on feeling like I should like this more than I do. I mean, there’s reincarnation and angels and demons and twins who might or might not have been lovers in their past lives and it’s got such a Yuki Kaori flavour to it. But the whole style of the story read like Gossip Girl meets Twilight and frankly, I just couldn’t care about our emo teen’s plight and her great! love! for the bad boy. Paaaasssss. (Though if this were remade into a comic, I’d try it again.)

23. The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu - This is the usual fantasy quest storyline, where girl goes on an adventure to gain the full potential of her powers and save the world, with a bit of futuristic elements and gateways to other worlds thrown in between. But you guys, I absolutely loved this. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been reading fantasy for a long while, but I haven’t felt charmed by the very magic of the fantasy world since I was still an elementary student. The Shadow Speaker revoked all those feelings of wonder in me. I was like LOOK SANDSTORMS THAT CAN TALK. LITERAL RAINMAKERS. TALKING SHADOWS. PEOPLE WHO CAN FLY. My local bookstore once again disappoints me by not having it, but I’m hoping this is just because the book was so good that people are buying it off the shelves faster than I can get to it. Seriously, so much love like woah. Highly, highly recommended.

24. Girl Overboard by Justina Chen Headley - This is probably the ONLY rich girl story I actually love. Like, every single rich girl story I picked up before, I never even cared about the protagonist and usually wouldn’t even finish it. This book? I swear, you couldn’t tear my hands from the very cover, that’s how into it I was. I really really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, because it combines the two genres I usually hate (poor little rich kid + sports story) but Headley wrote this story with so much heart that I got passed my biases and went straight to going around people and being like “this is the BEST BOOK EVAR WHY HAVEN’T YOU READ IT YET?” Also, I will not lie, the line “ You don’t get a free pass into my paradise” will ALWAYS BE FTW. <33 As I clearly can’t make a proper review of this, you can just got to 50books_poc for much better reviews. Or, of course, just run to the nearest bookstore to get this novel. Whichever one works for you.

25. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah - Amal decides to wear the hijab full time at her ultra preppy, ultra white school. And the story was surprisingly cute and funny! I was laughing so hard from my room that my dad thought I was talking on the phone late at night again, lulz. 50books_poc has a bunch of reviews that will do a way better job than anything I have to say about this, so I guess just go to their tag list of you want to read the reviews! Anyhow, highly recommended.

26. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson - asldkfjasdlkj SERIOUSLY WHY DIDN’T PEOPLE TELL ME ABOUT THIS BOOK SOONER!? Homg, one of the best pregnancy novels I read in a lifetime. The writing is so – I can’t, wow, I’m at loss for words. You know what? I’m just gonna quote a passage:

I’ve been thinking about it. Everything. And when Feather opens her eyes and looks up at me, I already know there’s change. But I figure if the world were really right, humans would live life backward and do the first part last. They’d be all knowing in the beginning and innocent in the end.

Then everybody could end their life on their momma or dady’s stomach in a warm room, waiting for the soft morning light.

Read it, read it, read it. It’s a small novella, just a 100-ish pages, surely EVERYONE can make time for such an amazing book like this one.

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28 January 2009 @ 08:50 pm
Note: I'm gonna do my movie review based on what I watched during 2008, and not what came out this year. =D

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