Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Because You Love to Hate Me | Back Cover + Villain-Author Pairing Reveal

Hey, y'all, look at the glorious back cover of Because You Love to Hate Me, a young adult villain-themed anthology pairing authors & booktubers! And, and, and do you want to know which author I was paired with and what villain my author is portraying?

Check it out!



I am paired with Ameriie, who is an AWESOME writer. So excited for all of you to read her story! I've been her critique partner for a while now, and she's just absolutely amazing.

The villain she wrote about was the Giant from "Jack and the Beanstalk."

Why the giant?

Well, let me tell you something that's kind of like an outtake from my essay (which, btw, is in the SAMPLER of BYLTHM. Ack!!! More on the sampler later-- it's at my parent's house in California, so during Thanksgiving break). Giants are pretty interesting mythological creatures. Try and think of one good giant.

Can you?

Probably not. I'm no expert on depictions of giants in literature, but from what I've read, a lot focus on their monstrous nature. A few stories might tell of their formidable strength or of how they built former civilizations, but where you find one positive portrayal of giants, you're likely to find its ten negative matches. In Norse mythology, frost giants are devilish devourers, while in the Bible, giants are the unnatural product of fallen angels; they're Goliath, Nimrod, Gog and Magog, the villains of epic narratives. One of the most famous cases is that of Polyphemus, made the fool to the "hero" Odysseus.

Or maybe you've read a story where giants are evil, but some fight their nature. This story appears in The BFG and Harry Potter. The Big Friendly Giant saves the world from his evil brethren. Meanwhile, Hagrid and Grawp (neither of whom are "full-sized" giants) knew and encouraged one another's love, unlike the Death Eater's allies who meet their rightful ends. Both stories provide exceptions to a generalization about the giant race, yet exceptions have never been great counterpoints to societal expectations. If it's not in the giant's nature to be friendly and loving, what do we think is?

You'll have to read my ACTUAL essay to find out more, but I hope that you also find it interesting to read more from the perspective of a giant!

If you want to read more about the anthology, you can check out the cover reveal post or the initial announcement or the original EW cover reveal post (read Ameriie's introduction!). :)

And look! My name and blog and booktube channel are on the back cover o.O -->

If you want to pre-order, here are some links--

Amazon (hardcover + kindle);

Barnes and Noble;

Indiebound;

Kobo.

Also feel free to add on Goodreads :D.

So excited to participate!

Just as a reminder, here are all the participating authors and booktubers:

Authors:

Renée Ahdieh
Ameriie
Soman Chainani
Susan Dennard
Sarah Enni
Marissa Meyer
Cindy Pon
Victoria Schwab
Samantha Shannon
Adam Silvera
Andrew Smith
April Genevieve Tucholke
Nicola Yoon

Booktubers:

Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes)
Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia)
Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels)
Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables) (ME!!)
Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl)
Jesse George (JessetheReader)
Zoë Herdt (readbyzoe)
Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes)
Sophia Lee (thebookbasement)
Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07)
Regan Perusse (PeruseProject)
Christine Riccio (polandbananasBOOKS)
Steph Sinclair & Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery blog and channel)

What do you think? Are you excited for Ameriie's story? Do you like the idea of a villain story from the perspective of the giant from Jack and the Beanstalk? Let's chat!

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