Lauren Morrill

YA Author

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allwaswell-759:

So my older brother was in a book store and picked up a book about the difficulties faced by same sex parents in society today when a woman came up and bitched him out for being “too young to be reading a book about THAT sort of people.” He saw that she was carrying the third Hunger Games Book so he stared her dead in the eyes and hissed “Prim dies.” and walked away and I have never been prouder to have him as my sibling.

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To prepare for baby I’ve been:
Stocking my Kindle for late-night wake-up sessions
Growing out my hair so I can throw it up in a ponytail when I can’t shower for days
Rewatching Gilmore Girls to brush up on my parenting skills

To prepare for baby I’ve been:

  • Stocking my Kindle for late-night wake-up sessions
  • Growing out my hair so I can throw it up in a ponytail when I can’t shower for days
  • Rewatching Gilmore Girls to brush up on my parenting skills

(Source: comesoutinmoron, via laurencdonovan)

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rachelfershleiser:

“That was when I decided to take seriously the person I actually am rather than try to be a person whom others define as serious. Leaving academia to write fiction for children and teenagers was a return to that person I had been — the one who laughed easily, who liked makeup and baking and dance. I stopped being afraid of being thought silly or weak and instead pushed myself to be more than competent at the things I loved best to do. I am true now to what brings me joy and to what I do well — and most of the time, to hell with the rest.”
(via E. Lockhart on embracing the young adult inside her - latimes.com)

rachelfershleiser:

That was when I decided to take seriously the person I actually am rather than try to be a person whom others define as serious. Leaving academia to write fiction for children and teenagers was a return to that person I had been — the one who laughed easily, who liked makeup and baking and dance. I stopped being afraid of being thought silly or weak and instead pushed myself to be more than competent at the things I loved best to do. I am true now to what brings me joy and to what I do well — and most of the time, to hell with the rest.”

(via E. Lockhart on embracing the young adult inside her - latimes.com)

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Anonymous asked: Well now I'm curious. I looked up all of the books that you recommended and there's only one by a male writer. You know men write YA too, right? It's not just stories about vapid teen girls. There are real stories in there. Might I recommend you branch out to include more stories that aren't just about teen girls? Neil Gaiman, David Levithan, Jay Asher just to name a few.

amyspalding:

catagator:

summerscourtney:

aprihop:

 There are real stories in there

are you trying to tell me, a woman, that a story about a “vapid” teen girl isn’t a real story? dude are you lost on the way to /r/theredpill or something?

i’m not at all interested in the authors mentioned, or their books. they do nothing for me. if you want to recommend books to people, go ahead and do it, but i’m not going to do it for you. and for real, neil gaiman? do you even go here? 

ok which one of you is trolling me tho

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

"Men write YA too, right? It’s not just stories about vapid teen girls."

Wow, every time I publish a YA novel, I hope there are at least 10 male YA writers out there to make up for my stories about vapid teenage girls.  WAIT.  What am I even saying.  My books aren’t even REAL!  They don’t even exist.  Thank goodness for that because they’re about girls.

This is why the ongoing conversation about how undermined and discredited female YA writers are for their work is so important.  Whether or not this ask is serious—I hope it’s not, but ha ha as a YA author I’ve seen exactly this sentiment when it is—it’s super indicative of a very real and pervasive and damaging attitude that NEEDS CHANGING.  (Or wait, does it?  It’s just hurting girls, after all!  Those vapid, vapid girls.)  Also a perfect example of how any story that has value to a girl is completely devalued BECAUSE it has value to a girl.

I mean, seriously, how can you write someone an ask like that with any kind of sincerity and not see how messed up the overall sentiment behind it is?

ALL of this. 

I WANT TO SCREAM

And now the MRAs are branching out into the YA world. Kill me now.

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Jewel - Foolish Games (Official Video) (by Atlantic Records)

If you were wondering what I was like in high school, just imagine a skinny, flat-chested 15 year old with Lisa Loeb glasses singing this song far too earnestly alone in her room.

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I can’t wait to add Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers to my life … I wonder if you can get the original seasons via iTunes or something. I wanna bring those classics into my kid’s life.

I can’t wait to add Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers to my life … I wonder if you can get the original seasons via iTunes or something. I wanna bring those classics into my kid’s life.

(Source: sesamestreet)