Rhiannon Thomas

Writing about fiction from a feminist perspective

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Being Nice and Keeping YA Kind

Last week, School Library Journal posted an article called “Do we honor girl stories? The double standards of YA lit.” There’s lots of interesting points there, and it’s well worth a read, but the discussion of online criticism, and how the online community reacts to  ...

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Analysis

Windows vs Mirrors

There’s been a lot of talk recently about author Meg Rosoff’s comments that good literature “does not have the ‘job’ of being a mirror.” Rosoff argued that there are already “thousands” of books for marginalized youth, and people shouldn’t  ...

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Analysis Novels

#AskELJames and the Twitter Mob

Everyone will probably have heard by now of this weekend’s most disastrous failed publicity attempt, the Ask EL James hashtag. Pretty much everyone knows that asking the internet community for input is daring at the best of times. If you’re the author of a much-hated cultural  ...

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Analysis Marvel Movies

Beyond Love Interests

So, I’m a bit of a shipper. I love a good romantic subplot in a story, and that investment in a potential couple is often what pushes me from liking a series to all-out obsession. But Black Widow’s role in Age of Ultron has once again got people talking about whether romance has a  ...

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