"Flawed female characters who are allowed to have feelings"

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You feel as though the YA-shaming (for lack of a better word) has to do with the gender makeup of that genre then?

Well with YA specifically, that's even more granular: the authors of these huge blockbuster series are women, they're writing about complicated and fascinating and flawed female characters who are allowed to have feelings, and they're being read by teenage girls (the group of people whose tastes we most love to mock). So it's a kind of trifecta. And I don't think it's purposeful, I don't think most cultural critics are sitting down and thinking, ugh, I'm so tired of all these GIRLS and their FEELINGS on the best-seller lists. But at the bottom of YA "shaming," that's basically what it is.

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When this novel was published in Beirut in 1984, it was immediately recognized for its power. Robert Wechsler, who recommended the book to us, said that its greatness is "based largely on what isn't there, such as sense of time, protagonists, women, plot, and voice. The reason is that the society being pictured – Saudi society at the dawn of American oil exploration – apparently had little sense of time, was very communal, left women to themselves, changed very slowly...and would not recognize the concept of voice."

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