Books by Lorie Ann Grover

Books by Lorie Ann Grover
Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn: "A fantasy that reads like a lost history tome and deftly examines issues of gender...An engrossing story with welcome depths."

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pop Culture in Contemporary Novels: in response to Cynthia

Here are my thoughts in response to Cynthia Leitich Smith's recent post on including pop culture in contemporary novels.

Cyn, I'm so thankful this generation of teens has our pop culture and more at their fingertips. This just wasn't the case for my mother and her mother.

Whether it's vintage on youtube, or hulu, or project playlist, nearly all the media material of generations past are accessible today.

This frees us as writers to draw on memories important to us, yet still connect with today's teen. Just as you did in Rain is not my Indian Name. It was no big deal to reference M*A*S*H in my novel Loose Threads.

What a win win! My mom will often laugh when she visits and hears Dean Martin seeping from my sixteen year old daughter's ipod. Just goes to show...


Little Willow said...

Aw! My mother adored Ricky Nelson when she was that age, and I then inherited that appreciation of his music. :)

Anonymous said...

So true, so true...says karine!