This Week in the Mercury

I,Anonymous

Columns

I,Anonymous

The Freaky, Sandy Bottom


Hall Monitor

News

Hall Monitor

The Art of Political Promises



Monday, November 10, 2008

Down the YA Rabbit Hole

Posted by Alison Hallett on Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 4:36 PM

31497246.JPG

I recently read John Green's Paper Towns, a young adult novel about high schooler Quentin Jacobsen and his lifelong crush on his neighbor, Margo. It's my favorite of Green's books, in large part because it's the first one in which the female love interest has a meaningful, multidimensional existence outside of the mind of the male narrator. The book is largely about, in fact, Quentin coming to terms with the fact that the reality of Margo is very different than the way he perceives her. And it's very very funny and great and everyone should read it, even though Green read in Seattle two weeks ago but totally snubbed Portland.

I just ran across a post on John Green's blog (stumbled upon it while I was, you know, waiting for the New York Review of Books site to load) in which he defends himself against the criticism that Margo is a "Manic Pixie Dream Girl."

Not only do I agree with John's defense of Margo, who is awesome, but I had never heard that term before, but it perfectly encapsulates

1. Why I Intensely Dislike Natalie Portman; and
2. Why I Intensely Dislike It When Men That I Date Like Natalie Portman

Now, back to the unexamined credos upon which Realism is built.

Comments (0)

Subscribe to this thread:

Comments are closed.

All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC

115 SW Ash St. Suite 600
Portland, OR 97204

Contact Info | Privacy Policy | Production Guidelines | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy