Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weetzie bat

I was attempting to read most of what Francesca Lia Block wrote.  I am stopping with Weetzie Bat.

My purpose in reading Block was to get an idea of what made a successful YA writer.  I think I get what makes her writing popular with certain readers.  I definitely get that it would never work for me.

Block's style and themes are far from anything that I would write.  Her works have a large fantasy (think fairies) element.  Her characters are of indeterminate age, though if I were forced to, I'd put them in their late teens.  Adults in her stories are borderline evil.  At best, they are absent and neglectful.

I know there are many who love Block's stories, but they are not what I want to read.

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