I wanted to come up with a pun on the title, but Joe Hill already made all of them
My first comics review! Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks. It's more of a review of Locke & Key as a whole, since there are going to be six volumes total and nobody's going to be reading volume 5 on its own.

Oh my gosh! The Kickstarter is live!
I just launched the Sassafrass Kickstarter! I've been working on this for months and I'm really excited about it. This is Sassafrass's most ambitious project yet, and you can be a part of it by preordering the Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok CD. On a personal level, it would also mean a huge amount to me - I'm the head of the Sassafrass Kickstarter committee. For more information, check out the Kickstarter page, the official Sassafrass LJ, or our website!

"To the kid with the book; everywhere."
A few months ago I started thinking about the fictional trope of the bookish little girl. This seems to be a pretty frequent type of protagonist: Marcie in Finder: Talisman started these thoughts for me, and I quickly moved from her to Matilda, Jo from Little Women, etc. I have a really strong sense of this as type, something of which I ought to be able to generate infinite examples. I also have the impression that this type shows up a lot in genre fiction. But now I am in the position of creating, with the help of my awesome tutor, an actual reading list of these books, because I want to center my junior tutorial in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality on this theme. I have some, but I'm also acutely aware that my list is limited by, y'know, what I've actually read. In particular I would like more SF/F, because I feel very strongly that the two are linked - Among Others in no way exists in a vacuum - but have had a hard time generating many examples.

My list so far:
Among Others
Finder: Talisman
Harriet the Spy
Zot? I think this story is very much about the themes of escapism and how that interacts with your relationships to other people that I would like to look at, but I'm not sure that Jenny is technically bookish just because she's obsessed with a world that is a clear metaphor for fiction.

There are also several older works which are clearly relevant to my thoughts. Little Women and Northanger Abbey are sort of on the boundary between actually going on the list and just being notable as important historical moments in the question of "is it a good idea for people to read a lot of novels all the time?" Don Quixote and Madame Bovary are definitely not actually examples of the character I'm looking at, but are probably related and are also highly important articulations of answers to that question.

Any recommendations, LJ?

Edit: Sorry, I hadn't set commenting to be available to all. I think this is fixed now.
Edit edit: Arg. I was wrong before and I actually made it worse, but I THINK everything is totally public and anyone can comment now.


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