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The Girl Who Chose : The Chess Raven Chronicles

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posted on 2019-09-03, 00:00 authored by Violet Grace, Christopher ScanlonChristopher Scanlon, Kasey Edwards
Brimming with action and mystery and set in the lush magical realm of Venice, The Girl Who Chose is the brilliant second instalment of the Chess Raven Chronicles.

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Pagination

1-401

ISBN-13

9781743820889

ISBN-10

1743820887

Language

eng

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Background Despite Young adult (YA) fantasy fiction frequently focusing on young women, many perpetuate potentially harmful gender norms (Hayes-Smith 2011). In particular, the male love interests frequently exhibit disturbing traits, such as stalking, controlling behaviour and latent, yet ever-present threats of physical violence. Merskin (2011) has even gone as far as labelling Edward Cullen, the male love interest of the popular Twilight series as having all the traits of a “compensated psychopath”. Contribution The Girl Who Chose, which was co-written with my wife Kasey Edwards under the pen name Violet Grace, addresses themes of love, both romantic and that between friends. It depicts the rejection of romantic relationships based on inequality and control. In so doing, it seeks to both work within the conventions of YA fantasy fiction, while also presenting intimate relationships that can be based on equality. This goes beyond romantic love, to include friendship between women. While playing within the rules of the genre, it seeks to foreground the friendships between family and friends as a basis for power and agency. Significance The Girl Who Chose’s attempt to address YA fictions frequent depiction of intimate violence as romantic was featured in the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Turning Pages’ column (27/09/2019). The authors have also been invited to speak at the 2020 Kids & YA Festival organised by Writing NSW. References Hayes-Smith, R. (2011) ‘Gender Norms in the Twilight Series’, Contexts, 10(2), pp. 78–79. doi: 10.1177/1536504211408960. Merskin, D. (2011) ‘A Boyfriend to Die For: Edward Cullen as Compensated Psychopath in Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight’, Journal of Communication Inquiry, 35(2), pp. 157–178. doi: 10.1177/0196859911402992. Sulllivan, J. (2019) ‘Turning Pages: The two sides of young-adult fiction’, Sydney Morning Herald, 27 September

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JO3 Original Creative Works – Textual Work

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NTRO Major

Publisher

Nero

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

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The Girl Who Chose : The Chess Raven Chronicles

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