Musings on children's and YA literature, the academy, and the relationship between them, from an English professor and mother.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Why I do what I do

Sometimes my students ask me if authors really think about "that stuff" (symbolism, metaphor, allusion, intertextuality) when they write their books. Here is the unequivocal answer: yes.

John Green rocks.


  1. I thought of you when I read this. I particularly loved the part about Gatsby, oatmeal, vampires and Lucky Charms.

    Are you going to have your students read this?

  2. I just posted it for them, Tricia, yes.

  3. Thanks for pointing it out. And giving me yet another reason to (fairly inappropriately) heart John Green.

  4. Oh, yes, what a good speech! I love it that he said authors think about this stuff, but I don't think all authors do. Once I was in a workshop where authors weren't allowed to talk while their work was being discussed, and we were admiring some nice turn of phrase or figure of speech when the author said "but I didn't mean that." She couldn't even get the entire phrase out of her mouth before the workshop leader was on his feet, roaring "SHUT UP AND TAKE CREDIT!"