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I have decided the best way to organize my BSC books is chronologically by publication date -- that is, with Super Specials and Mysteries mixed in where they fit in the main series timeline. And Little Sister books, too.

Why, other than to drive myself insaner?

So that I can make a complete (looping!) timeline of the series. This is one of my Major BSC Canon Projects. The other is making a spreadsheet of how attractive they all find each other in every chapter 2, to see if I can draw lines of desire using the power of SCIENCE.

I've separated my adult books from my good middle reader/young adult books:

([livejournal.com profile] fox1013's icon, that is)

The only problem with this?

+I am still buying into the artificial separation of quality literature like Little Women and formulaic crap like my horribly offensive crime-solving nun books adult and young adult and middle reader fiction?
+Despite having only half as much adult fiction, I still don't have room to shelve it?
+I don't know how to sort the YA stuff that doesn't have authors?
+It highlights the sad gaps in the series I am collecting?
+I totally forgot about the twenty+ SVH books I had hidden in the closet, so now I am not sure I have adequate shelving after all?
+There's still no way to hide the fact that the single largest category of books I own is BSC books.
+And I'm cataloging them according to my own geeky system
+and putting all the Paula Danziger books in front of all the Ann M. Martin books so that Snail Mail No More (and eventually, P.S., Longer Letter Later can live together?
+and calling this whole section of my bookshelves "Pollyanna."
+Meanwhile, on the adult side, I can see that my thorough-going devotion to mysteries, clergy and religious, crime-solving religious, and pedophilia is plainly on display. (Okay, I've only got Lolita and Tom Perotta's Little Children, plus various mysteries involving members of the Catholic church so... face meets desk.

I sold back a box of books to Half-Price books this afternoon. With the proceeds I bought 2 Little Sister books and a vegetarian cookbook.

One of my yardsale finds: Sammy Keyes and the Sisters of Mercy by Wenelin Van Draanen. Let's see. This book is:

+Part of a series
+of mysteries
+for kids
+and has bonus surprise nuns.


(Ooh, and I have just realized that Sammy is a girl! EVEN BETTER!)

Wee femslash porn battle at [livejournal.com profile] femmeslash.

I really wish more of you lived around here and could come over and have a slumber party. :(

BSC AU ideas that I have had in the past year:
+BSC Regency Romance AU (The Young Governesses series). I have titles for the first four books! A Dangerous Habit, The Bradford Phantom, Chosen Vices and Secret Salvation.
+BSC convent AU. Because Kristy Thomas was born to be a Mother Superior.

I'm reading the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld and writing BtVS crossovers in my head. Maybe someday I will actually write fanfic on paper again.

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Date: 2010-05-30 12:31 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] lunabee34.livejournal.com
We could have some awesome slumber parties. Trufax.

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Date: 2010-05-30 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fox1013.livejournal.com

The separation is artificial, but it's also very real, and really valuable. There are legit differences in the process of writing/plotting/editing them that have to do with the end audience.

Also, don't you think the books would be happier around their friends?

Also, the only solution with the series gaps is to fill the gaps in. :D? :D?

Also I would LOVE to see that looping chronology. *___*

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Date: 2010-05-30 03:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] glitterberrys.livejournal.com
I swear I remember the guy in Little Children being a "lesser" sex offender in the book. Apparently I'm wrong, but why the hell do I remember it that way?

And, uh, BSC convent AU? THAT is a great idea worthy of Kristy Thomas.

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Date: 2010-05-30 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] attaining.livejournal.com
If you haven't already read it, I'd recommend Done to the Bone by Mayra Lazara Dole. It's about a Cuban-American lesbian who's kicked out of her house and school after being outted. I have some problems with the way it presented bisexuality; perpetuated gender binaries (despite featuring an awesome trans char); and defined 'genderqueer,' plus the writing is pretty... average, but it does a really amazing job of including cool, fleshed out characters of colors. Especially QUEER characters of color. The story was really interesting. :)

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Date: 2010-05-30 12:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hermionesviolin.livejournal.com
Mm, Down to the Bone has been on my To Read list since I read [livejournal.com profile] oyceter's review.

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Date: 2010-05-30 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] attaining.livejournal.com
That's a fair review, though the author's defense of the book's biphobia is disheartening (I've seen her same reaction on other reviews), especially given the context of the line in question. And yes, yes there are definite problems with Laura's voice - I think that comes with Dole's place as a first-time author. I feel like the author did a great job presenting Cuban culture in Miami, as well as other Latin American cultures and the inclusion of Afro-Latinas was awesome. It was definitely focused on the challenges young queer PoC face within their own cultures where nearly every character was Latin@ -- that was amazing. A lot of YA dismisses the queer experience of PoC or puts it in direct conflict with white America. This was strictly a Latin@ gaze. Though a commenter did make a good point - not all Latin@s view themselves as PoC.

Where the author fails a lot, for me, is the presentation of queer life in Miami. Queer people are kept within very narrow binaries and it perpetuates the idea of the butch/femme dichotomy, the gay/straight dichotomy, the male/female dichotomy -- and not just because the character is negotiating the complexities of her culture's strict gender roles. It almost feels as if the author herself hasn't realized what's going on. The biphobia was so obnoxious I almost stopped reading and the author presents a very misleading definition of genderqueer right off the bat. I still want people to read this book for the amazing parts, but to read it critically.

Ff, sorry for the rant there!

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Date: 2010-05-30 10:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] escritoireazul.livejournal.com
Once I move, I am totally using you as a resource for organizing my BSC books. I hope to finally have enough bookcases that my BSC collection doesn't have to be stacked horizontally in a corner but can live on its own shelves in the proper order (with all the extra books worked into the regular series as appropriate).

I do not do genres of book shelving. All fiction is alphabetized by author (and then in order by series within each author, as appropriate), though I right now have a shelf just for chapbooks and such and space for research books. I think I am going to organize by author only after I move, just everything all together. I like the simplicity of it a lot.


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