Everything Everything: an in-depth analysis into the ableism problem

Later this year the Everything Everything movie will come out, and people and opinions (I’m sure) will be divided all over again. If you haven’t read Everything Everything, or even if you have read it as someone who doesn’t delve into book twitter/tumblr or read goodreads reviews, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. To you Everything Everything (which I’m henceforth shortening to EE) is just a book with an extremely pretty cover and a movie trailer with some serious Beyoncé vocal magic going on.

What EE actually is is complicated (to say the least) and has been debated many times by many readers coming from a lot of different backgrounds. In many ways I have nothing meaningful to add to this conversation, but I would consider it an achievement if I make more readers think about the use of disabled characters/disabilities to further a plotline. I do suffer from a chronic illness which I do consider to be a disability (I’ll go into more detail later). I doubt I’ll actually come to a conclusion about how I feel about EE by the end of this mess of a post, because it’s been well over a year since I first picked it up and I’ve been conflicted ever since, but I do want to map out my thoughts on paper (well, screen) and see if that helps me at all.

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Disabilities in YA reading list!

Disability in YA starts TOMORROW!


A few days ago I posted about Disabilites in YA, a two week event taking place from the 8th August to the 21st of August that aims to open discussion of disability and it’s portrayal in YA. The event was created by me after hearing some arguments about what a ‘positive’ portrayal of a disabled person in the media actually entails. To take part you just need to read a book, any book with a disabled character, and then join in the discussion on Goodreads on August 21st. To find out more click here for all the information.

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