Editorial Director at Lerner Publishing Group, scribbler, scone enthusiast. Opinions are my own, except when I've stolen them from Charlotte Brontë.
Amy Fitzgerald @Amy_Ariel_Fitz2 for 2 so far: Emilia Clarke noting "She's not mad, she's traumatized" is an equally pointed departure from how the dudes insist on framing things.
I don't get to acquire much fantasy BUT WHEN I DO it's got female characters with nuance as well as grit, trauma fallout and mental health issues depicted realistically, and no dudes getting away with killing their girlfriends #MSWL
Amy Fitzgerald @Amy_Ariel_FitzAll the ingredients for compelling MG or YA:
1. The setup is weird yet real.
2. Characters are dealing with very specific stakes.
3. Identity-related q's for miles.
4. So much conflict potential. What happens when cute classmate asks where you live?!?!
1-4 can be applied much more broadly & that's the real #mswl takeaway here, but also please treat yourself to reading about this bizarre situation & these people who are both sympathetic and clearly papering over a whole lot of their issues.