The first woman of YA — and the first person to be recognized as a YA author — started out as many first women in history do: downplaying the fact she was a woman.
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Are you tired of articles talking about how underappreciated and vilified women authors are, especially in YA? Yeah, me neither.
Important note: while I do acknowledge that Twilight is a phenomenon in regards to what it has done for the YA genre and female-driven YA books and female-written YA books, due to it’s highly problematic depictions of an abusive relationship, I’m not all-together comfortable with it being used as an example of how vilified women in the literary world, especially in the YA genre, are. Most of the criticism for the series didn’t come from a place of sexism and misogyny (though I have no doubt these were definitely sources) but actually came from women who were highly worried that impressionable young girls will see the relationship in Twilight as something to aspire to.
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