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What has happened in YA Fiction is very sad. Something similar has happened in Sci-Fi. Eventually those bubbles will burst, but the people controlling the awards and the publishers are indeed cowed.
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It happened in SF - the Hugo award is now a contrarian indicator instead of a sign of quality and enjoyable SF - but... we found a way around it.
Kindle Direct Publishing, and Kindle Unlimited. There is a MASSIVE amount of good, new SF out. (And a lot that's not so hot, but that's as it's always been, even in the print world.)
The YA stuff though - thing is you've got to hook kids early on the idea that reading is FUN, and most of the stuff they push in the schools is 'authorized' youth and YA fiction. Which comes from publishing houses in NY who have connections to school suppliers.
The assumption is that if it's 'Award-Winning', it's good for the kids. In reality, it's because the critics liked it, which... well... it's award winning, so how bad can it be? So the crap gets pushed through, getting them at their most impressionable.
And it turns them off from reading, in a lot of cases. (Darn near ruined my son's enjoyment. Luckily I had a lot of alternative selections to point him at.)
With B&N staggering, the big publishers in NY are in trouble. We'll see what happens in the long run.
These people need to be facebooked. "Facebook", in case you don't know, is an alt-right term that refers to silencing minority opinions from women, POC, the LGBTQ community and left-handed Asian midgets. Only literal Nazis use the term "facebook", and capitalizing the word as "Facebook" indicates membership in an explicitly white supremacist organization.
And now that you know, feel free to go on any social media platform and denounce anybody you see using the term "facebook" as a Nazi.
I remember life before cell phones, smart phones, Google, Twitter, Facebook and the lot of them; It wasn't so bad. You remember 'Turn on, Tune in, Drop out'? Try: 'Turn off, tune out, and drop in - on a friend, in person. In the meantime, support technology providers that aren't staffed by a fascist army of behavioral compellers.
Oberlin College: I think what has happened there and other colleges is 'mostly' uniquely female SJW's who because of their 'special class' have become arrogant and entitled. They are still flabbergasted that they cannot simply go destroy a business that was innocently caught up not bowing down to the latest SJW cause (black lives matter so much that you can't accuse them of crimes they commit). I suspect there are daily meetings of the Oberlin feminist who commiserate about the stupidity and misogyny of the jury. How could they not understand the special status women enjoy to say and do anything without fear of being called on their mistakes.
I set the odds at 50/50 that we will next see the Oberlin SJW dressed like handmaidens to seek sympathy.
Re Art: "If you left the Rabbit on a curb, no one would steal it": Some people will steal anything. Except, if it's on the curb, it's trash, and free for the taking, so it's NOT stealing.
Oberlin College ignored the First Law of Holes responding to the jury verdict against it: Yep! They set off a bomb in the hole, and have earned the enmity of the local, non-college-associated residents. Way to GO, OBERLIN!!!
Trump's Mexican tariff rope-a-doped critics: Don Surber nails it again. (I read him every day.)
Facebook Has Banned The Word "Honk" For Violating Their Community Standards: Is this going to stop black folks from calling white folks "honkies" on Facebook?
Birth Strikers: I'm for it. These are the ones who ought not be having any.
Rural Kiwis: Smarter than their government class.
House Democrats Start Fake Impeachment Hearings: GOOD. That'll keep them busy, and off our backs.