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Reading & Research

Reading & Research

When I was a kid, my English teachers were always fond of promoting post-its. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sold more Post-It notes than Post-It note commercials. The point of post-its was to mark down anything I “didn’t understand” be it definitions, phrases, motivations, etc. and write down my findings after doing some research. For example, if I were to stumble upon the word “disruptive” and had no idea what it could possibly mean, I had to pause my reading, look it up, write […]

Posted June 26, 2017 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 0 Comments

What Makes or Breaks a Book?

What Makes or Breaks a Book?

It’s day 2 of Armchair BEA and today I’ll be tackling the question: what do readers want? As readers, we want many different things. Here are some of the many things I think can make or break a novel. Characters Diversity As an Asian American, diversity and good representation is very important to me. Although I wish more books will have diverse characters as leads, I will settle for positive representation through a contributing supporting character. The token diversity characters don’t cut it anymore. They […]

Posted June 1, 2017 by Emz Chang in Armchair BEA, Investigated / 15 Comments

5 Books I Wish Had More Diversity

5 Books I Wish Had More Diversity

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them”. I chose diversity. This week I’m doing something a little different. I still have a list of books, but also a little discussion to go along with my picks. I originally had ten books picked out until I realized they pretty much all belonged in five categories. Hence the discussion. 🙂 Also, a quick disclaimer. This list is […]

Posted February 7, 2017 by Emz Chang in Investigated, Meme / 4 Comments

Is Originality in YA Dead or Not? Part 2

Is Originality in YA Dead or Not? Part 2

Last week, I went over why originality is dead, especially in YA. I talked about archetypes and how a truly original story can technically never exist. But our discussion doesn’t end there. There always has to be a “but” right? Like I said last week, thanks to tropes and motifs, I think the baseline, the foundation of stories can never really be original. But that doesn’t mean I don’t think books can’t be unique, that there’s no difference between Book A and Book B even […]

Posted January 13, 2017 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 1 Comment

Is Originality is Dead? Part ONE

Is Originality is Dead? Part ONE

This is going to be a two-part discussion. Mainly because if I stuck everything in one post, it would be insanely long. Today, I’m going to go over why it originality appears to be dead. Next week, we’ll discuss if it actually is. Now back to the question. Is originality dead in YA? I don’t think originality is dead. How can something be dead if it never really existed anyways? You see, pretty much after Homer’s stories from way long ago, there are technically no […]

Posted January 6, 2017 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 8 Comments

Hyped Books are Not for Me

Hyped Books are Not for Me

I’ve never been a big fan of hyped books. I just don’t believe in the marketing. Too many times have I been lied to and mislead. Do I feel a little left out when everyone is talking about a certain novel? Well, yeah. But sometimes being part of the crowd is not worth it to me. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with enjoying a book that has been hyped by what feels like the whole community. I’m not saying I’ve never enjoyed a […]

Posted December 5, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 2 Comments

Aging Out of YA?

Aging Out of YA?

In the last six months, I passed a few important milestones in my life that include turning 18 years old, graduating from high school, moving away from home, and starting college. In that time, I’ve gotten an interesting perspective on all the YA books I read. It’s so weird reading a book where the main character is no longer someone you can directly relate to, in that moment. Fantasy and dystopian is different because I think age is less influential in those genres, but age […]

Posted October 3, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 2 Comments

Banned Books & Diverse Reads

Banned Books & Diverse Reads

Happy Banned Books Week! In case you didn’t already know, Banned Books Week takes place every year in order to raise awareness about the poor practice of banning books. For more information about Banned Books Week, visit their website. I’ve done a few posts related to banned books in the past so this year I just want to focus on the correlation between diversity and books that are banned. The people most likely to get books banned are concerned parents who don’t want their children […]

Posted September 26, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 0 Comments

We don’t need more “diversity” (as we know it)

We don’t need more “diversity” (as we know it)

We don’t need any more “diversity”. There, I said it. And here’s why. I’m all about diverse reads and diverse characters. My problem is, currently, diversity is being treated as if it’s a fad. It’s something that is becoming more popular and a label that is selling books. If you’re thinking something along the lines of “Isn’t this a good thing? Doesn’t this mean more diverse characters?”, you are correct. For the most part. The problem is, because diversity is becoming more of the “in” […]

Posted August 29, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 1 Comment

I Can’t Keep Track of Time (in Books)

I Can’t Keep Track of Time (in Books)

Percy Jackson’s birthday was last week. And that lead to the unavoidable discussion of how old Percy is. Google may say that he was born in 1993, but Rick Riordan, Percy’s creator, has stated that Percy, and the rest of the characters in the series, age by book, and not by regular time. So technically, it should be easy to tell how old Percy is. Wrong. He may have aged a year in each of the books in Percy Jackson and the Olypians, but that […]

Posted August 22, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 0 Comments