I’ve had librarians say to me, “People in my school don’t agree with homosexuality, so it’s difficult to have your book on the shelves.” Here’s the thing: Being gay is not an issue, it is an identity. It is not something that you can agree or disagree with. It is a fact, and must be defended and represented as a fact.
To use another part of my identity as an example: if someone said to me, “I’m sorry, but we can’t carry that book because it’s so Jewish and some people in my school don’t agree with Jewish culture,” I would protest until I reached my last gasp. Prohibiting gay books is just as abhorrent…
Discrimination is not a legitimate point of view. Silencing books silences the readers who need them most. And silencing these readers can have dire, tragic consequences. Never forget who these readers are. They are just as curious and anxious about life as any other teenager.
”—David Levithan - Supporting Gay Teen Literature (via cake-light)
“Experiencing a renaissance in a career that never really faded, Jeff Bridges is flexing his producing muscles to bring to the big screen a classic young adult novel.
Bridges has optioned for film the 1993 Lois Lowry novel, “The Giver,” a moralist sci-fi story that won the Newberry Medal, the top honor in young adult fiction. Set in a seemingly perfect society, without crime, poverty, hatred, divorce or war, the novel is described thusly on Lowry’s official site. The Giver, it turns out, is the elderly man charged with keeping the institutional memory for the society, which actually stifles desire and subdues familial differences for the ordered good of society.
Bridges will take on the role of that wise elder, though he is his own second choice: “I originally thought of the role of the Giver as a vehicle for my father, the late Lloyd Bridges,” he told Variety, “however, at 61 years old I feel the time is right for me to do it.”
The Fault in Our Stars is the title of my new book, which you can preorder here.
(The publication date on that page is wrong, although I don’t yet know how wrong.)
The title is inspired by a famous line from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar. The nobleman Cassius says to Brutus, “The fault, dear Brutus is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.”