We still feel that these books have merit.
February 1, 2011 7:02 PM Subscribe
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On Friday, Bitch Magazine
shared its list of 100 Young Adult Books for the Feminist Reader
. This afternoon, the magazine announced
three books had been removed:
"A couple of us at the office read and re-read Sisters Red
, Tender Morsels
and Living Dead Girl
this weekend. We've decided to remove these books from the list -- Sisters Red
because of the victim-blaming scene that was discussed
earlier in this post, Tender Morsels
because of the way that the book validates (by failing to critique or discuss) characters who use rape as an act of vengeance, and Living Dead Girl
because of its triggering nature. We still feel that these books have merit and would not hesitate to recommend them in certain instances, but we don't feel comfortable keeping them on this particular list."
The books were replaced with Howl's Moving Castle
by Diana Wynne Jones, The Blue Sword
by Robin McKinley and Tomorrow, When the War Began
by John Marsden.
Since the announcement, authors Scott Westerfeld
), Ellen Klages
(White Sands, Red Menace
), Maureen Johnson
(The Bermudez Triangle
), Justine Larbalestier
(Magic or Madness
) and Diana Peterfreund
) have requested that their books be removed from the list as well. "I have been incredibly disheartened to see your process for removing books," said Johnson. "It mirrors EXACTLY the process by which book banners remove books from schools and libraries--namely, one person makes a comment, no one actually checks, book gets yanked."