Friday, September 21, 2007

Meatloaf reviewed at Fuse

Betsy has officially reviewed Middle School Is Worse Than Meatloaf: A Year Told Through Stuff over at A Fuse #8 Production. She also mentioned the book in her earlier piece, "Breaking Out of the Mold (and Suffering As a Result)," at ForeWord Magazine. In both, she brings up the quandary in which we authorial types find ourselves when we make books that don't quite fit neatly in a single category. Even if the book itself is a great work, you're asking a lot of the publishing co.'s sales staff, the bookstores, etc., to come up with an easy way to shelve and sell these uncategorizable things. (Heck—everyone's still trying to figure out the best way to sell graphic novels.) And, as she mentions, you're in big trouble come Awards season. Many things to ponder...

Oh, and by the way, when I saw this sentence begin:

Fortunately, "Middle School is Worse Than Meatloaf" makes it clear that no matter how lousy things are, there's always a chance that things will eventually get better.

... I immediately assumed that it would end with, "...there's always a chance that they can get even worse." But that's just the cynic in me.

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