Recently, I have been thinking a lot about my relationship with the Internet, and the history of my blog and the kind of content I write here.
For a long time I considered the idea of creating a YouTube channel, but it was, and still is, WAY out of my comfort zone.
If you had approached me even one year ago and told me that I would go vegan, I would never have believed you.
In psychology, the overjustification effect refers to the phenonmenon in which a person becomes less intrinsically motivated to do something after they begin receiving external rewards for doing that thing.
I finally took the plunge and deleted my Instagram account about a week ago. And now that I don’t have it anymore, I’ve started to become more and more nauseated by the culture surrounding Instagram, especially among Gen Z.
The crypto bros cannot be stopped.
Literature has long been used as a way to communicate about the human experience, to broadcast ideas across continents, to connect with people of vastly different backgrounds, to expand empathy, to broaden people’s perceptions of the world.
Just a short essay I wrote about graduating high school
It’s hard to escape problematic classics. Like it or not, literature has been and always will be steeped in the zeitgeist in which it was written.
The rabbit hole of book and author cancellations at the hand of YA Twitter is a deep one– and it’s a symptom of a larger cultural problem in the book community that we would be remiss to ignore.
Welcome back to another post in which I use my cancel-proof irrelevance to dive into another example of well-intentioned-things-gone-off-the-rails in the book community.
Why Do Book Characters Always Get Into Elite Universities? | Disillusioned High School Senior Analyzes College Admissions in YA
Harvard. Stanford. MIT. The circle of elite colleges is tantalizing for many teenagers. And for YA characters, seem to be predetermined destiny.
With TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, the Metaverse and I’m sure some as-of-yet un-invented new addictive type of social media on the rise, it’s hard not to foretell the death of blogging.
Separating the art from the artist has long been a debate in the world of literature.
YA (Young Adult) fiction kind of gets a bad rap amongst some echelons of society, a phenomenon that’s been well-documented by bloggers and defensive book influencers all across the Internet.
Why Identity Politics Could Ruin The Book Community If We’re Not Careful: #OwnVoices and Representation in Literature
I’ve been sitting on this post for a while, as there is a lot I’d like to say about this topic and I wanted to make sure I expressed my thoughts as well as possible! Representation in literature is an important and very complex topic, and I know my opinion on the matter isn’t going to be the same as everyone else’s.
“Don’t Read the Reviews”: Social Conformity, Hype Trains and How Reviews Might Influence Your Bookish Opinions
This might be sacrilegious for me to say as a book blogger, but we all know book reviews are something of a squishy, subjective business.
(No books were harmed in the writing of this post)
In the relatively brief time I’ve been a part of the book hemisphere of the Internet, I’ve noticed a trend gaining traction among book reviewers: trigger warnings.
Last December, I felt completely alone. In the U.S., cases were skyrocketing and I hadn’t left my house for weeks, even to go outside. I’d stopped going to my extracurriculars a while ago as the pandemic ramped up, and school was still online. Though it was my favorite month of the year, even Christmas music couldn’t cheer me up.