Myracle, L. (2007). L8r, g8r. New York: Amulet Books.
It may make me sound like Luddite, but I can’t stand texting language… I hate it hate it HATE IT! I can stomach acronyms like WTF, LOL, TTYL, etc. but when everything is shortened down it makes me cringe. It was with this sentiment that grudgingly checked out a Lauren Myracle book from the library. I will admit that in my mind I was already trashing it.
However, as I read it the drama of the girls stories helped me digest the atrocious
through in this book, mostly “relationship” firsts if you catch my drift, despite it being the third book in the series and as always I support dialogues about taboo subjects. However, my belief is that language is used to express thoughts and feelings and I feel IM style “literature” might amuse teens, but won’t help them mature and grow. Simple sentences combined with incorrect spelling serves only to reinforce the level that teen fans of this series are already in. It seems unlikely to spur them on to greater intelligence, which is not to say that teens won’t develop on their own and ditch this style of “writing” as they get older and their tastes refine.
Basically, this was not my type of book at all, but I’m glad to have read it so that I was able to see some positive aspects. One unexpected positive aspect is that after reading this book I really, really want to read some adult fiction to cleanse my brain of the vapidity to which it has been exposed.
Valentino, S. & Naifeh, T. (2001). GloomCookie. San José, Ca: Slave Labor Graphics.
The GloomCookie world reminds me of being 14 to an almost painful degree… oh the drama and angst of it all!
I like the art, although Ted Naifeh has done better stuff. Mostly this is because things of a gothic nature appeal to me (hence the HR Giger in my featured artist section). The story is fairly interesting, although there were a few too many characters and I had a hard time keeping up with who was related to who and who was in love with (or at least sleeping with) who… Also Sebastian’s Monster confused me at first, but I kinda figured it out. After all, I think It was my favourite character!
I’m not sure how old the characters are supposed to be, they drink and have sex, activities associated with people aged 17+, or so, but the dialogue is junior high material, at best! In fact, there are many places where…excuse the junior high lingo… the dialogue is downright barf worthy. Still though, I think this is an entertaining book and effectively stylized to give the reader a good sense of what being in the GloomCookie worlds is all about.
Another interesting addition to this book is that Naifeh has a bunch of his preliminary sketches in the back of the book (not uncommon in the graphic novel world). As well, there are a few pages of fan art, which isn’t that great, but it’s nice to see the GloomCookie community supporting its own.
This book is exactly what I picture a gloom cookie to be. A nice dark treat, with little nutritional value.