Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Book Blitz Guest Post and GIVEAWAY!!




THE LOVELY BONES meets ALL THE RAGE in a searing, heartbreaking contemporary story of a lost teenager, and the town she leaves behind.

Ellie Frias disappeared long before she vanished.

Tormented throughout middle school, Ellie begins her freshman year with a new look: she doesn’t need to be popular; she just needs to blend in with the wallpaper.

But then the unthinkable happens and Ellie is trapped after a brutal assault. She wasn't the first victim and now she watches it happen again and again. She tries to hold on to her happier memories in order to get past the cold days, waiting for someone to find her.

The problem is, no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.

TE Carter’s stirring and visceral debut not only discusses and dismantles rape culture but also makes you slow down and think about what it is to be human.

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Guest Post by TE Carter

I have a serious addiction to Game of Thrones. I could – and sometimes do – watch old episodes all day long. One of the things I love about the show is the complexity of the characters, but last year, a lot of people kept saying that Ramsey Snow/Bolton was boring. It was interesting that they thought so, because I found him vile but not boring. Their argument was that he was evil just for the sake of being evil and that’s overdone in fiction.
This got me thinking. Are villains without deeper complexity than being villains boring? I despised Ramsey, but I also found him unique among the rest of the characters on the show. Every character (well, at least the vast majority) in Game of Thrones can be understood with a little empathy and perspective. Yes, we were mad that Olly killed Jon, but who wouldn’t do the same? If you were Olly, wouldn’t you want to kill someone who had befriended the same people who murdered your parents in front of you?
Ramsey, however, was never sympathetic. He wasn’t the complicated or brooding bad boy trope. He wasn’t Heathcliff, whose abusive nature was somehow, while not excusable, understandable because of the abuse he himself experienced. No, Ramsey was a sociopath. He was sadistic and evil.
Outside comic books (superhero comics primarily), we don’t see a lot of these villains anymore. We don’t see evil because it’s evil. We see people shaped by society or corrupted or angry with bad coping skills, but we don’t see people who thrive on evil. This is especially true in YA. There aren’t a lot of plain bad characters. Voldemort was even given a backstory and we almost felt for him. As Tom Riddle anyway.
I don’t think we see as many “cookie cutter” villains anymore as people often think. Gone is the clear distinction between good and evil. It’s been gone since the classic monster literature of the Romantic and Victorian eras. In our world now, we want to know why Grendel attacks Herot in Beowulf. We need to understand Iago. There’s even a desperate desire for rationalizing Satan – and John Milton wrote an entire poem that we’re still reading with that purpose in mind.
I’ve heard people say good stories don’t have villains for the sake of being villains. Conflict needs complexity, they say, but I reply, turn on the news. People are murdered daily. Rape and human trafficking are a part of our world. There’s domestic abuse and racism and terrorism and school shootings. Sometimes, sure, there’s complexity to these things, and perspective can help. However, sometimes there’s evil. Some people murder because they can. They hurt others because they enjoy it. Sadly, there isn’t always an answer as to why people do things that are evil.
Fiction is a mirror to the world. Whether in fantasy or contemporary realism or historical fiction or romance, there’s conflict and there’s character, but there is also a peek into the lives of others. The best books make us believe that these are people we could know, that these experiences could happen to us. Unfortunately, things happen every day with no reason or justification. Some people are just bad. Why shouldn’t villains be, too?


About the Author


TE Carter was born in New England and has lived in New England for pretty much her entire life. Throughout her career, she’s done a lot of things, although her passion has always been writing. When she’s not writing, she can generally be found reading classic literature, obsessing over Game of Thrones (she’s one hundred percent Team Lannister), playing Xbox, organizing her comic collection, or binge-watching baking competitions. She continues to live in New England with her husband and their two cats.




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