Are diamonds a girl's best friend?— Anonymous
Diamonds are carbon. Like anything that occurs in nature, I think they’re interesting, and they sure are sparkly. However, humans have to put a price tag on anything. One of our great talents is to con people into paying money for something that is naturally occurring in nature—water, vegetables, plants, whatever.
For me, this begs the question: what do diamonds do? If I’m wearing a diamond and I get shot by a villain in the parking lot at target, will my diamond deflect the bullet? If I have a disease, will shoving the diamond up my nose make me better? Can I eat this diamond? To all these questions, the answer is no. All I can really do is look at a diamond and maybe admire it. If I want the privilege of wearing one on my finger or ears or around my neck, I have to sacrifice enough money to buy a car or a whole lot of cat food. Unlike with a diamond, a car and cat food have practical uses to me.
I have been asked by relatives if I would like diamonds to celebrate milestones. My mother wanted to buy me a diamond when I turned 21. A relative wanted to buy me diamond earrings when I graduated high school. In all cases, when they asked me this, I said “get me something I can use. Like food. Or a sweater. Or better yet, cat stuff.”
There is no actual reason that diamonds should be as expensive as they are. They will not save your life and they will not taste delicious. They won’t keep you warm. All they’ll really do is sparkle. If you brush your teeth, they’ll sparkle too. But jewelers can’t convince you to pay a car’s worth of money for your teeth.
So no, diamonds aren’t my friend. Cheesy crackers are my friend.
Ms. Bardugo, I loved your first books, but I was terribly disappointed to see you give in to political correctness in Ruin & Rising. You had a great story and then you ruined it with unnecessary lesbianism. Authors don't need to make statements, they just need to write good books. I hope you'll remember that in the future.— Anonymous
I was really tempted to ignore this because I don’t believe in giving anon wangs a platform, but the term “unnecessary lesbianism” made me laugh so hard that I caved.
Authors can write good books and make statements. I’m going to make some statements now. (Get ready.)
Queer people and queer relationships aren’t less necessary to narrative than cishet people or relationships. In fact, given the lovely emails and messages I’ve received about Tamar and Nadia (and given the existence of anon wangs like you), I’d say making queer relationships visible in young adult fiction is an excellent—and yes, necessary—idea.
I do agree that story trumps statement or we’d all just write angry pamphlets, but queer people exist both in my world and the world of the Grisha trilogy. I don’t see how including them in my work is making a statement unless that statement is “I won’t willfully ignore or exclude people in order to make a few anon wangs happy.” If that’s the statement I’m making, I’m totally down with it.
Also, I’m going to take this moment to shout out Malinda Lo, Laura Lam, Alex London, David Levithan, Emily Danforth, Emma Trevayne, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Clare, and to link to Malinda’s 2013 guide to LGBT in YA. Because why just give attention to bigots when you can talk about awesome books and authors instead?
I miss Orphan Black Saturdays.
I miss liveblogging with the Clone Club.
I miss seeing @obtumblr liveblog.
I miss watching other’s reactions to the scenes.
I miss the closeness of the Clone Club on OB Saturdays.
not that I don’t feel like we’re close now, There was just something special about Saturday’s when Orphan Black was on]
Can Orphan Black be back now?
Bring it in.