You would think after Tumbling for 2+ years…
I would have figured out how to reply to a reply. Is that not a possible thing?
Anyway, to answer some feedback on the last post:
1. Will, I think that it may have been a foolish decision on my part to post a stand-alone paragraph without its context. As for where the thesis is going, the idea in this chapter is that the individual plot points are used to illustrate the framework of the YA romance paradigm, a master-narrative of sorts that is being sketched out as chapter one. Cliff notes version: high-achieving, virginal protagonist, experienced/mysterious boy, secret relationship, discovery, fight, happy ending. I’ve positioned much of the framework in object-relations terms, focusing on the “destruction of the object” phase in the differentiation between subject and love-object, fantasy and reality (I’m sure that makes no sense unless you happen to randomly be versed in psychoanalysis… I will do a much better job of explaining sometime in the future). Anyway, the balance that I’ve been trying to achieve is between laying out this framework as one that encompasses a huge amount of YA romance novels, and describing individual novels as examples. So, the passage that I posted was preceeded by four or five pages of psychoanalysis mumbo-jumbo about the relationship between the discovery of a secret relationship/core-identity impingement and passive-aggression/destruction of fantasy love-object. Does that make any sense at all?
2. Ricky, I’m surprised that you haven’t gotten into kickball yourself. Isn’t kickball an integral part of the hipster subculture? You should get your mustache, flannel, flask, and intellectual eyeglasses to a game, stat. Also, check out my “See Friendship” with Helen. Classic.