April 17th, 2009

and it seemed that in a little while

Books, etc.

Uh, this is not an endorsement of the anthology, but lj_turns10 is asking you guys to discuss your favorite fan fiction communities on LJ:
    We're putting together a little featurette on fan fiction for the book and need some input from you, the fans. Whether you're into Twilight, Harry Potter, Supernatural, House MD slash, Doctor Who, or something else, what community do you go to for your favorite fan fiction?
I'm just saying, in case you're interested in giving props to your favorite fic communities, they're listening. The first comment, by the way, is a vote for pornishpixies. ;) I hopped along and mentioned sga_flashfic, contrelamontre, daily_snitch, femslash_daily, and recsrainbow.

Books 2009! Next up, The Face on the Milk Carton:
This was one of the runaway word-of-mouth bestsellers that was popular when I was in junior high. So it was kind of a shock to realize when I read this book that it felt dated to me, in the way I naively associate with "older" books, books written before 1990. I did find the story initially very readable and gripping, but by the end, it had lost me. I felt that hiding somewhere in Caroline Cooney's idea was a far grittier, more realistic story about a child growing up in a less blameless abduction scenario, and I felt cheated of it. I think the author made the wrong choice by shifting that blame to an unseen Other and making the plot mechanism revolve around crazy wild scary religious fanaticism. There also was a rather unfortunate, completely unnecessary throwaway line about sexual deviants that I really wish the publisher had edited out of the reprint.

Ultimately, I'd probably give this a B-. I liked Janie, but I didn't like that her search ended where it did, and I found the cockamamie story spun to allow her to continue to keep her stable family environment completely over the top.

What I loved, though, was Cooney's brief intro to the book - the story of how she came to write it. It struck me powerfully as one of the examples that Elizabeth Gilbert talks about in this amazing TED speech in which she talks of creative works existing outside of the artist, as inspirational moments with a life of their own. And this classic certainly seems to have one.