Friday, March 5th, 2010
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Greek Nonsense YA Trilogy Gets The Million+ Payday

HELEN OF GETTIN' PAAAAIIIID"In Starcrossed, which brings Greek tragedy to high school, a shy Nantucket teenager named Helen Hamilton attempts to kill the most attractive boy on the island, Lucas Delos, in front of her entire class…. The murder attempt does have an upside though, as it ultimately leads to Helen's revelation that she and the local heartthrob are, in fact, playing out some version of a weighty ancient love affair…. So Helen, like her namesake, Helen of Troy isn't going crazy, she's destined to start a Trojan War-like battle by being with Lucas. This then begs the unfortunate question: should she be with the boy she loves even if it means endangering the rest of the world?"
-WELL? SHOULD SHE? Josephine Angelini just got paid in the seven figures for this three-book series. ON THE PLUS SIDE: no fucking vampires!

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David Cho (#3)

I read this headline on Twitter and clicked through because I had no idea what those combination of words and symbols could even begin to mean.

Oh for fuck's sake. The traditional publishing industry should go out of business for publishing this kind of crap.

As for me, I'd much rather read a teen trilogy based on Venus in Furs or Titus Andronicus. With pictures.

oudemia (#177)

L'histoire d'OH!

cherrispryte (#444)

To be fair, from what I've heard about Twilight, while there are vampires, there is very little fucking.

oudemia (#177)

OK, but my teeth are on edge for two reasons. 1. I will have to beat whatever misconceptions this engenders out of undergrad heads for years to come. ("No, Athena *does not* have any children. Virgin goddess and all that.") and 2. I write joke pitches for classics-based YA series all the time! Joke's on me!

bong hitler (#3,233)

Speaking of jokes, you've probably noticed the title of the first book in this supposedly classical-Greece based series is a term invented by an Englishman for use in a play about Italians. They even managed to screw up the *title*.

oudemia (#177)

Fact!

Mindpowered (#948)

Littler know Fact.

She actually ripped it from the Billy Strayhorn song of the same name.

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

It's all been downhill since The Secret History.

oudemia (#177)

Procopius's.

Bittersweet (#765)

Somehow I think parents might draw the line at Justinian and Theodora retold for the YA audience…

katiebakes (#32)

Begging the question (or petitio principii, "assuming the initial point") is a logical fallacy in which the proposition to be proved is assumed implicitly or explicitly in the premise. Begging the question is related to circular argument, circulus in probando (Latin for "circle in proving") or circular reasoning but they are considered absolutely different by Aristotle.[1] The first known definition in the West is by the Greek philosopher Aristotle around 350 BCE, in his book Prior Analytics, where he classified it as a material fallacy.

Brian (#115)

I always thought Begging: The Question should have been the title of my irritatingly cute undergrad sociology thesis.

Kakapo (#2,312)

This particular phrase is so frequently bastardized that I think it may just be time to give up on it.

Dave Bry (#422)

Thank you, Katie Bakes. "That begs the question" is steadily becoming one of the most common (and therefore most annoying) mistakenly used phrases in the language. I wish everyone would stop using it. Instead, it will probably just soon be accepted as meaning "That raises the question of…" And we all will have lost another small piece of ourselves.

jolie (#16)

You know what's even more tedious than the frequent misuse of "begs the question"? Lamenting of the frequent misuse of "begs the question". And you know what's even more tedious than lamenting the frequent misuse of "begs the question"? That you all seem to think you're the first one to do so.

/cuntbitchwhore

shaunr (#726)

Yes, a piece like the spleen.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Also, duh, use of the modifier "unfortunate" changes everything.

Brian (#115)

On postemptive irritation.

Both My Hero Bryan Garner and I sigh in response, "the use of beg the question to mean raise another question is so ubiquitous that the new sense has been recognized by most dictionaries and sanctioned by descriptive observers of language. Still, though it is true that the new sense may be understood by most people, many will consider it slipshod."

WHY YOU SO SLIPSHOD, AMURRICA?!

(You, too, Joles! Don't take this lying down. FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!)

deepomega (#1,720)

See here's the thing. Yes, "begs the question" is an aphorism, but it also is a LITERAL SENTENCE. As in, "that BEGS that this QUESTION be asked." It works both ways! Magical!

@deepomega: The problem with that reasoning is that "begs the question" is less an aphorism than it is an actual term of art.

Vulpes (#946)

Though I am in complete agreement with Jolie (if I were straight and drank, I'd SO drink your boob bourbon right now!), I have to say this little thread is why I love The Awl so much. Hugs, everyone!

Tulletilsynet (#333)

In my experience, a journalist who misuses "begs the question" will never get it. There is no point or profit in explaining it to him.

kneetoe (#1,881)

Is he, like, cute?

HiredGoons (#603)

'Bacchae' starring Zac Efron as Dio, the 'big man on campus'who crashes a drunken Sigma Phi party and SHIT GETS REAL.

Mindpowered (#948)

Especially the part where Antigone get's locked in the McDonalds, by her bad manager Creon after she tries to get time off to bury her pet hamster Polynices who died trying to get back into his cage…

Oh wait.

oudemia (#177)

I think both of these should get made.

Mindpowered (#948)

Anyone else seeing the "Tucker Max – Tarquinius Superbus" connection?

oudemia (#177)

The rapey bits, yeah.

Three words: "Tyler Perry's Lysistrata."

Mindpowered (#948)

Three More "Tarintino's Oedipus Rex"

Except in this one he cuts the Sphinx's ear off.

hman (#53)

I'm sure she'll throw in a limerick or two at that price.

City_Dater (#2,500)

And I thought the two-actor "contemporary retelling" of THE ODYSSEY I steadfastly tried to read all last month was the worst idea inspired by exposure to classics in translation.
Goes to show…

mimithedog (#1,165)

As the best looking young guy on Nantucket a long time ago, and some chick had tried to off me, let's see, we'd have hooked up after school, stolen a car, done a bunch of miller lite, driven some good donuts on the golf course, broken into Congdon's on main street for the 'ludes, ralphed a bunch, drunk more, driven said car off the bluff to see if it'd float, tried to get some pregnancy going, then called it a day.
What's so Greek about that?

Bittersweet (#765)

Nothing, unless said chick was your long-lost sister.

Conor (#35)

Forget the bastardization of the classics. What other Dan Simmons books can we turn into YA paydays?

Vulpes (#946)

You mean this takes place at the Nantucket ON MARS?!? I might have to read it, now.

HiredGoons (#603)

There once was a man from Nantucket…

oudemia (#177)

Who put out his eyes then said, "Fuck it."

Tulletilsynet (#333)

…"Should a Fury complain
…When I croak in her fane,
Tell her: Dig it up, baby, and suck it."

oudemia (#177)

*slow clap* BraVO.

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