Critical Linking: March 22, 2014

There’s clearly something intriguing about strength in small packages, but only when it comes to female characters. Male leads, by contrast, are more often described using language that would typically indicate power; Tris is the “skinny girl from Abnegation,” but Four, her love interest and training instructor, has a deep voice that “rumbles” and muscles that are “taut, defined.”

Female YA leads are strong, thoughtful, and…tiny?


This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today. Parents might wish to discuss with their children how views on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and interpersonal relations have changed since this book was written before allowing them to read this classic work.

I don’t have problems with a “PC” foreword to a book, but the parenting instructions are a bit heavy-handed.


A theater group in Omaha, NE has adapted Stephen King’s The Shining for the stage.




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