How excited was I that my home state, North Carolina, got a plot point shout out on Gilmore Girls last night? Oh so very. Sure, it was Charlotte mentioned specifically—it ALWAYS seems to be Charlotte when our Cackalack shows up in movies or TV, I guess because it’s the one city everyone (supposedly) has heard of—but still, very cool. Even if the one “native” was kind of a stereotype drawling boob. Oh, well. I guess you can’t have everything. At least it was better than when Charlotte was mentioned on Sex and the City and the couples representing were total redneck stereotypes. Maybe the first step is the mention, the second a more fair representation? Here’s hoping.
Meanwhile, in more exciting Gilmore (or post-Gilmore) news, yesterday I stumbled across this column, in which it is revealed that co-starring with Parker Posey in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s new pilot will be…..Lauren Ambrose, who played Claire on Six Feet Under. (Did you hear about this, sarazarr? ) All I can say is: YESSS! I loved Lauren Ambrose ever since Can’t Hardly Wait (one of my favorite teen movies, hello) but as Claire she pretty much became one of my favorite TV characters ever. And now she’ll be back on weekly TV? In a show that I already can’t wait to watch? Suffice to say, I will be counting the days. Let me tell you, though, September is a long way off. But oh, well. It will hopefully be worth the wait.
Finally, I was featured in an article in Publisher’s Weekly recently about YA authors and blogging, along with John Green, Meg Cabot, and Cynthia Leitich Smith, among others. (I’d link to it, but I don’t think it’s online, or if it is you have to pay.Oops! I stand corrected: it’s right here. Thanks, Chantels, for finding it for me!) Anyway, the upshot was that blogging HAS become part of the YA industry, although it seems to be a personal choice whether you as an author pursue it, and the impact on sales is hard to gauge. Personally, when I started this blog, I really had no idea what I was going to do with it, and I still sort of try to keep that mindset, which is what make it okay, in my opinion anyway, that I write about TV and pop culture and don’t keep it all about just writing or just books. But, to each his own. That’s the great thing about blogs: every one is different. Which is why they are so addictive, as well. One question I was asked for the interview was what inspired me, what other blogs I read, and besides mentioning the ones above, I also gave props to the first author blog I ever read, back in the day, which still remains one of my very favorites: Jennifer Weiner’s Snarkspot. I started reading it way back when, and continue to be enthralled by it, especially entries like the most recent one, in which she takes the issue of literary vs. genre fiction and those who love them (or don’t). Good stuff, always, as well as something to aspire to. Which is always a good thing, right?