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This is from the author of Magic Under Glass and it should put an end to that part of the controversy (not that she was a part of it, it was Bloomsbury's cover decision that was messed up, so sez I)

Magic Under Glass Cover
"I know some people are waiting for me to say something on the issue of my cover. I have thought long and hard about my thoughtful response, but the more I consider it, the more I think...

My writing is my voice. My stories are about accepting your fellow man or woman, about how love is the most powerful force in the universe. I do truly understand why some people are upset by my cover. However, Nimira is from a fictional land which is not meant to be a parallel to a specific country in our world. Her culture has elements, such as costume and music, that might be drawn from Eastern European, Asian and Roma cultures, and I love that readers are interpreting her look in different ways.

I definitely don't want to tell people how to feel. I have no problem with anyone getting impassioned about a cause. But a writer is the only thing I've wanted to be all my life, it's an outlet for a girl who is often timid to express her soul. If you want to know how I feel about acceptance, love, and diversity, it is in my books. I'm glad the story has spoken to many readers. I believe that young readers crave books with ALL kinds of heroes, and the surest way we can satisfy that need is to support books that make heroes out of diverse characters. I do hope that you'll give Nimira and her story a chance, and that you'll love her as much as I do."


Leave her be.
She's not THE ONE.
Yeah, I said it. Maybe you were looking for another Justine Larbalastier, or even the teen book activist Ari. But the author who wrote the above statement is just a writer doing what she loves. Which is writing. She didn't sign on to be a voice for a cause.

It's ironic though, because due to the controversy, that's how I'd learned about her. And before her statement, I was going to rush out to buy her book. Now, I'm more like mehhh...

I was going to buy it because I didn't want her harmed with all the controversy. And I'd even checked out her website, getting all excited because she sketches her characters like I do (I saw her early version of Nimira, and let's just say boy am I glad I went with a no boycott vote early on)and I really thought her book trailer was good.

Now, with her, "but the more I consider it, the more I think..."

As I read her whole measured, wonderfully PR polished statement, and after checking out her blog messages...I've even posted a couple of times. I guess if I were into politricks, I'd be considered an independent, because I've made the rounds, checked out other blogs, read pro and con. Posted on a few. And as you can see from this site, I'm no blogger.

Anyway, using the author as the definitive statement on this (half of this anyway, because I know some people are still mad about the LIAR cover) since that's part of it.

The more I consider it, the more I think...

"Maybe your ball rolled into the wrong yard"

???? Yeah, that was my first thought when I saw it posted in the author's comments section. That and another post about people having an "agenda" geessh, plus a few other posts that made me go hmmm, better not park it here.

Crazy week this week. Let's move on, shall we?


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Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Hi. I wandered in here off a comment you made Re: Bloomsbury idiocy. Just wanted to say: A) this post sums up my reactions pretty well. It's not on the author. In a lot of ways it's not about her. She didn't sign up to be an advocate. But her statement hand-waved away very real issues--and then the comment about hijacking her story for someone's agenda made my hackles go up. But she didn't say it. So deep breath. Still, I've downgraded the book to "from the library" rather than "buy immediately" based on that wishy-washy "color doesn't matter" response. Yeah, it tends to not seem like it matters when you're on the privileged end of the spectrum...

BUT the reason I wanted to drop by was that you mentioned in your post not wanting to see The Help described as "heartwarming" again. This book is on my TBR pile, and I'm wondering--is your issue with the book or the description? Because if I'm about to wade into a popular but deeply problematic book... I don't have the energy. Nor do I want to lend my support. So... thoughts?
Jan. 22nd, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Please leave this woman alone...
Hi Revolutionsheep (cool name by the way)

I've read the Help. The author is talented, to be sure. But in an attempt to tell the story in the voice of black maids from the 60s, I found the book stereotypical (she created two characters that have been overused in fiction and movies to portray black women)the civil rights movement is just backdrop for her story, and the white characters (especially Hilly)
are either bad or sympathetic. There's no middle ground. It's like good Skeeter verses bad Hilly. Check it out. I'd love to know your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by!
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