Category: Investigated

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

Another Rant About Adaptations of Books

Another Rant About Adaptations of Books

Welcome to my yearly rant about book to movie whatever adaptations. I’ve done a lot of posts about them in the past like this one and this one and this one. I have mixed feelings about adaptations in general. I just feel like they were the product of laziness. And I say that in the nicest way possible, as I’m pretty lazy myself. Sometimes adaptations feel like the child of someone too lazy to come up with a new story. Someone too lazy to look […]

Posted July 25, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 5 Comments

How do you find out about events?

How do you find out about events?

I love going to author events. I love getting to meet authors and getting books signed. I love meeting new book lovers and making new friends. I love showing my support for both the author and the bookseller hosting the event. But I had a big problem. For someone who loves going to author events, I was pretty clueless to when these events were supposed to take place (or even the fact that they existed). I’ve always had a hard time finding author events to […]

Posted July 20, 2016 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 2 Comments