There were two online articles mentioned in the PW Children’s Bookshelf newsletter today, that I think are worth mentioning in case you didn’t see them.
The first article: read this b4 u publish :-)
A 13-year-old boy tells the industry what teens want
by Max Leone -- Publishers Weekly, 11/10/2008
Max tells it like it is, in the real world of teen boys and what they want to read or don’t want to read. The whole article is worth checking out, but this is my favorite quote:
“Vampires, simply put, are awesome. However, today's vampire stories are 100 pages of florid descriptions of romance and 100 pages of various people being emo. However much I mock the literature of yesteryear, it definitely had it right when it came to vampires. The vampire was always depicted as a menacing badass. That is the kind of book teenage boys want to read. Also good: books with videogame-style plots involving zombie attacks, alien attacks, robot attacks or any excuse to shoot something.”
The second article: Not just a pretty picture
Fiona Gruber | November 10, 2008 | Article from: The Australian
The article compares art and fine art, while at the same time talking with Graeme Base about his art for books and about the exhibit he’s about to hold at a gallery. They also talk about other children’s book art and fine art, as well as markets for art in different countries. My favorite quote from this article is a quote from Graeme Base:
“Their primary function might be as a commentary on accompanying text or as a book-framed visual narrative, he adds. But this does not cancel out their uniqueness. "Obviously they have to work as a sequence of pages or they're not doing their job properly, but I see every one as an individual piece of art," he says.”
What do you guys think? Anyone want to start a discussion in the comments section?