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Procrastination Pro-Tips: YA And The #MeToo Movement, Renée Ahdieh’s New Vampire Series, And More

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Procrastination Pro-Tips: YA And The #MeToo Movement, Renée Ahdieh’s New Vampire Series, And More

Hi friends! There’s some good stuff in this week’s collection, so let’s jump right in.

Book-Related Things

YA novels and the #MeToo movement.

Idi Zoboi clapped back at a recent racist review of her new Pride and Prejudice retelling, Pride.

Renée Ahdieh is bringing vampires back to YA!

Here’s BookRiot’s list of 50 must-read contemporary romance novels.

"Five Books About Girls Who Don’t Care If You Like Them Or Not."

The 2018 National Book Award finalists are ...

Treat yo’ self to one of these e-book deals*:

Asylum by Madeleine Roux (review)

Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman

Beneath the Shine by Sarah Fine (review)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (review)

The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason (review)

Disruption (Disruption #1) by Jessica Shirvington (review)

The Falconer Trilogy by Elizabeth May: The Falconer (review), The Vanishing Throne, and The Fallen Kingdom

Girl in the Shadows (Cirque American #2) by Gwenda Bond (review)

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (review)

Hellraisers (The Devil's Engine #1) by Alexander Gordon Smith (review)

How to Break a Boy by Laurie Devore (review)

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig (review)

The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz

Otherworld (Last Reality #1) by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller

A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Shining Sea by Mimi Cross (review)

Shutter by Courtney Alameda (review)

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan (review)

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Uncanny by Sarah Fine (review)

The Vampire Diaries: The Awakening by L. J. Smith

The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation series by Aubrey Clark: Unseen, Unspoken, and Unmasked

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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YA Onscreen Things

ICYMI, this week on YA Onscreen: A trailer for Good Omens, a first look at Ruby Rose as the Arrowverse’s Batwoman, a frustrating ranking of Netflix’s original movies, and more.

Here’s an interview with the creators of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend ahead of its final season.

Will Smith shared the first poster for the live-action Aladdin on his Facebook page.

According to The Rock, Idris Elba has joined Hobbs & Shaw as Brixton, the main villain. (This movie keeps getting more and more my jam.)

Ryan Coogler’s back to write and direct Black Panther 2.

Have you heard of Anna and the Apocalypse—the upcoming zombie musical movie? Here’s a trailer.

And a new trailer for Mortal Engines.

And while we’re on the subject of trailers, here’s one for Netflix’s upcoming Siempre Bruja, a series “about a young witch named Carmen who is about to be burned alive at the stake by Spaniards.” There’s also time-travel involved.

Aaaaannnnd to round it out, a trailer for SyFy’s Deadly Class.

“Two of The CW’s New Shows Are Casually, Gloriously Queer.” (Possible spoilers at the link for Legacies and Roswell, New Mexico.)

Social Media Things

When bad tweets turn good. (Background here.)


Click through for a great thread on why it's fine that there are no good parents in YA fantasy.


Excuse me while I go pen my masterpiece, Chemistry, Liberty, and Other Inexplicable Phenomena.


Miscellaneous Things

Jami Gertz (aka Star from Lost Boys, among other '80s things) is the co-owner of an NBA team with her billionaire husband.

Do you need a Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who Barbie? I might do.

BOOM! Studios is resurrecting the Buffy comics.

Add your fave distractions of the week in the comments!

Mandy Curtis's photo About the Author: Mandy is a small town girl living in a nerdy world, or—if you want to get literal—an editor/writer living in Austin, TX. In addition to yearning for YA books—the more dystopian or fantastical, the better—she can also be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.