I cannot say enough what a pleasure it was listening to Sara Zarr and Nina LaCour in conversation last night. They are both such kind and intelligent women, who write fiction that feels so authentic and real when you read it. The depth of emotion in all of their books is overwhelming, powerful, and just wonderful.
Clearly, I’m a HUGE fan, so getting to listen to them discuss their books, how they felt about each other’s books, and the important social and emotional issues that they’ve included in their writing was just so inspiring.
We’ve all taken english classes where we were assigned to find symbolism within books. Here Sara discusses reading some of these reader interpretations of her own boos that though she didn’t consciously put into the book, are still very valid examples of symbolism. For me, this idea goes back to books belonging to their readers. Part of the beauty in literature is how it can mean so many different things to different people, and I think this is a great example of that.
We see a lot of examples of competitive female relationships, not just in YA, but in all types of fiction. Here Nina discusses the importance of close female relationships in her life and why she includes them in her fiction.
Abandonment is another very common theme in YA and children’s literature. Oftentimes, this is due to the fact that that is a necessary component in order for the plot of the story to force the main characters to have to solve the problem, fight the bad guy, or reach their happy ever after. Here Nina discusses that trope.
Sister relationships are an incredibly important part of the plot in Sara’s latest book, Gem & Dixie. Here Sara discusses sibling relationship dynamics.
In both We are Okay and Gem & Dixie the young adult characters do accept help from adult characters in order to overcome some of the problems they’re facing. Here Nina LaCour discusses that.
I think it’s human nature to sometimes idealize our pasts or to live in denial about our present situations in order to maintain our perception of our lives. Sara Zarr addresses those ideas here.
What an incredible conversation, right?! The members of our book club that attended had such a great time and really enjoyed getting to gain a little more insight into the thought processes that went into these wonderful books. I hope you enjoy these videos as well!
First of all, who has read Gem & Dixie and We are Okay, and what did you think of them? Second, this is a MUCH different format than what I’ve used for book events in the past, so I’m asking for some feedback from you all! Do you enjoy seeing the videos? Do you prefer a quick summary with pics? Or would you prefer that I edited this up to be one video instead of multiple short ones? I truly appreciate any and all feedback!