One of the things I like most about The Grendel Affair, the first SPI Files novel, is that while Agent Makenna “Mac” Fraser is smart and competent, she bucks the all-too-common urban fantasy trope of the ‘strong female character.’ I’m happy to see that continue in The Dragon Conspiracy, even if she’s working to improve her combat skills for the sake of necessity. Unlike many of her peers in the genre, Makenna isn’t all about kicking ass and casting spells. Don’t get me wrong, I love that type of character, too, but once in awhile it’s nice to see a ‘strong female character’ whose value is something other than martial arts and gunplay.
I talk about the epistolary style of Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy, before sitting on the casting couch to talk about upcoming YA adaptations.
On this episode of YA Rewind, I talk about weaving multimedia into an analog narrative, some of the ups and downs of dating your grandfather’s ex-girlfriend, and sit down on the Casting Couch to make suggestions for the film adaptation coming our way in 2015.
Today on YA Rewind, author Gail Carriger joins me for a chat about her new young adult novel, Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Book One). We talk about her literary influences, what appealed to her about a teenage protagonist, and why Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality floats above the moors.