Christina: It’s been realllly quiet around here today
Michelle: Not all of us have as much downtime at our jobs as you do.
Christina: Aditi’s probably hiding from you sis
Elli: ZOMG didn’t realize you guys would feel so neglected now that I’ve got a job!
Taneesha: Job? Did someone say job?
Aditi: Not hiding! How’s it working out, Elli? Good? This is with that author you met at the con? Ruby?
Elli: YES she’s completely amazing. Author and comic book artist you guys. She was in a car accident when she was a little girl and so she’s in a wheelchair for life.
Aditi: She seemed really nice. So awesome you’re getting along!
Michelle: Elli, you’re assisting her?
Elli: Yes it’s great. I went to the post office for her today and she didn’t even mind that I caught Pokemon on the way. She even wanted to see what I’d caught! I’ve never had a boss like that before. She’s a real person like us.
Taneesha: Well? What’d you catch?
Elli: LOL finally got enough charmanders to evolve one. There’s a spawn point right near the post office.
Taneesha: To charmeleon? Or all the way to charizard?
Elli: Charmeleon. But if I have to keep going back to the spot I’ll have a charizard in no time. *roars*
Christina: I only have the vaguest idea what you are talking about
Taneesha: Eighty million people are playing this game. How did you avoid getting sucked in?
Christina: The pocket monsters I deal with are NSFW
Michelle: And how’s she paying you, Elli?
Elli: Um? With money?
Taneesha: Not pokecoins? LOL
Michelle: I mean is it above board, taxable 1099 income, or whatever the equivalent is in Canada?
Elli: Yeah, it’s all very official.
Elli: She even agrees with me on my theory that the reason Draco is so completely emotionless in the scene where he doesn’t expose Harry to the Death Eaters is that by then he’s secretly in love with Harry.
Christina: Elli, I love you, but you’ve been reading too much slash.
Elli: No, really, Ruby pointed out something I hadn’t even thought of! All the times in Deathly Hallows when Harry has visions of Draco? We always assumed it’s because of Harry’s connection to Voldemort. But what if it’s actually something about Draco? Why would those be the only scenes Harry sees and not stuff like when Charity Burbage was killed?
Michelle: I’d have to read the books again. I don’t remember them in such close detail anymore.
Aditi: But Elli, why would J. K. Rowling hide such a love story so deep in the work? Harry and Ginny are a thing. Their relationship is set up from the very first time Ginny lays eyes on him.
Elli: Ruby says she’s a *beard.* That’s a woman that a gay man pretends to date.
Christina: We know what a beard is
Elli: Point is, Ginny is a cover story. Her existence pretty much proves my theory. And Rowling had to hide it because YA.
Aditi: That’s no excuse. You can write gay characters in YA. It doesn’t have to be a secret. Why would she do that? J. K. Rowling wouldn’t do that.
Elli: She did it with Dumbledore
Taneesha: Elli has a point there.
Christina: I’ll still never get why we can’t have gay characters in Harry Potter but we can have stalking in Twilight? Which was YA too right?
Michelle: Well, technically the early Potter books were middle grade, not young adult.
Aditi: You’re right about that, C. Thank goodness the pernicious effects of Twilight are starting to fade from YA, though.
Taneesha: Which pernicious effects?
Aditi: For a while you couldn’t turn around without bumping into another rapey stalker boyfriend in YA, there were so many of them. Books like Hush, Hush really bothered me.
Michelle: You know, that’s a great topic for a guest blog. If you can write it without putting down any other authors or books by name, that is. I wouldn’t want some other author declaring a vendetta against you. Maybe just keep it focused on why YOU didn’t want to write a rapey book.
Aditi: You mean like “YA isn’t immune to rape culture, and popular books sometimes even perpetuate it”?
Michelle: Yes, perfect.
Aditi: It’ll mean putting this work on the sequel on the back burner for another day . . .
Michelle: Hate to sound like a broken record, but the blogs are due, too, A.
Christina: YA’s got nothing on Hollywood for pushing rape culture, though, srsly
Michelle: No kidding.
Christina: At least most YA editors aren’t actively telling their authors to add rape scenes to their books to make them “sexier.” I told you about the bullshit with them changing a consensual sex scene to a rape scene in Sucker Punch, right? Bc the movie would have gotten an X rating with a consensual scene, but only an R with a rape in it. Fucked. Up.
Aditi: You did tell us. It’s...