My name is Aja, which is pronounced "Asia," like the continent or the Steely Dan album. I live in Coastal Virginia on a riverside waterfront, over a trufax nautical steampunk shop. I've been casually watching book blogs and writing blogs and agent blogs and editor blogs and author blogs for about a year and a half. Fandom is what brung me, so my reactions to things that I read are by and large fandom-oriented.
Fandom, at least my part of it, tends to be fairly progressive (though we are not without our faults, especially as regards our reception of minority and female characters). We tend to be uber-critical of the source material and uber-enthusiastic when we love something.
So, all that being said, here's a list of things you can possibly expect this blog and/or its writer to do:
- Be pretty blunt when I don't like something.
- Critique the text through female-oriented/cultural/queer readings.
- Bitterly hate 80% of YA and squeal excitedly about the other 20%
- Occasionally rant about Issues in YA, or in fandom as they relate to YA.
- Be skewed pretty progressive, but have kneejerk protective impulses towards the following: rural America, the South, and protestant/conservative Christianity in the U.S.
- Use fandom terminology and concepts. I don't think I'll get too deep into fandom waters, but if you have any questions, just ask. :)
- Ridicule you if you think sweet tea is just a cute "nickname for tea with two heaping spoonfuls of sugar added." - Sea Change, 2009
- Occasionally devolve into a full-on babbling, gibbering fangirl, possibly because you just mentioned one of my literary heroes. I'd tell who they are, but I started hyperventilating in glee while trying to type the words.