Monday, June 30, 2008

Colorful People in YA Lit

Thanks to a tip via the YALSA listserv and a quiet weekend, I visited the POC (People of Color) Carnival of YA Lit and followed the links there. (I'm sure how I feel about the label "People of Color," but that's for another day.)

Get yourself to the carnival, friends -- it's your gateway to thought-provoking posts about Jacob Black, the Quileute character in Stephenie Meyer's vampire novels, "beauty" thanks to Disney princesses, and how race can disappear when a story travels from book to screen.

2 comments:

TadMack said...

Whoa. This is a really deep roundup. Thanks for the link. The treatise on Jacob Black is really something -- reminds me of the days when people wrote Master's thesis' on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It really begs an exploration of why darkness and light so engulf the public imagination. What IS IT with vampires?

Hm.
I always have liked the phrase 'people of color,' but it does imply the color-wheel idea that 'white is the absence of color' and black is the presence of all color, which isn't true... black is the absence of light, so it's actually the absence of color, too.

I like the idea of being colorful, though, but it seems pejorative to suggest that others might be less colorful in nature, based on skin tone.

campbele said...

I was happy to find and share this link, too! I just have to find (make?) the time to sit down and read!

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