Misogyny in YA Books (aka ENOUGH ALREADY! GODDAMN!)

Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater's third book debuted at no. 9 on the NYT Bestseller list and is already generating speculation re: its movie franchise, sequels, and product spinoffs. We are always optimistic when approaching the Next Big Thing of YA; after all, Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy did spectacularly well and is as complex, beautifully written, subversive, and brilliant a triad as any lover of literature could hope for (although DEAR GOD do not subject yourself to the UNFORGIVABLE film version of The Golden Compass, which was so bad we actually walked out in the first half-hour, SHRIEKING (really; just ask the people sitting in front of us, who changed seats to get away from us before we departed the theater in a frenzy of ire)).Read more...Collapse )

I've never read the book Shiver, so I can't judge the book myself, but I am definitely tired of whiny heroines who have no sense of self outside her dangerous paranomoral hottie boyfriend who she'd die for apparently because he's a dangerous paranormal hottie. I just finished reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and almost hurled.

Thoughts, ontd? Can you rec any decent YA books with a kick ass heroine? HOW ABOUT COMPTON COOKIE LOL