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Oct 24,2014

I got to cuddle up to some authors and listen to them talk all about me! And you. (But mostly me.)

I like it.

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Oct 23,2014

This week was the ALMIGHTY CULMINIATION of this year's Inky Awards. The part where there's a massive celebration and the winners are announced! If you've never been to an Inky Awards party, or thought about throwing your own, here's the inside scoop on what went down...

All of the Gold shortlisted authors talked a little about their books:

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L-R: Claire Zorn, Allyse Near, Ellie Marney, Amie Kaufman, and Will Kostakis.

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Oct 21,2014

Sadly Julie Berry could not be in Melbourne to celebrate her Silver Inky Award victory *sad face*.  But she did send us this fantastic video accepting her award!

Our judges and voters absolutely love All the Truth That's in Me - we offer a big, fat congratulations to Julie!

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Oct 21,2014

It's my most favourite day of the year! When all the books, all the authors, and all of you - dear Inkyites - join together in that most holy of states: the Inky Awards.

Today it's my enormous pleasure to announce the winners of this year's awards, as voted for by YOU.

Drumroll, please... 

                                        2014 Gold Inky Award

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Oct 20,2014

File 26230There are a number of reasons why teenagers seem disinterested in the work of William Shakespeare.

1) It was in the past.

2) It’s hard to understand.

3) We’re forced to read it at school.

4) It was in the past.

5) It doesn’t seem to be relevant anymore.

I can’t understand any of those reasons. Perhaps put it down to my love of linguistics, but I adore Shakespeare's use of words and language more than anything else. He’s one of my favourite parts of the English curriculum, yet nobody else seems to agree. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of reasons to love Bill Shakespeare, or to at least give him a chance.

Firstly, his words are incredible. Not only did he make them up, but he crafted them into household terms (like ‘household terms’, in an alarming twist of meta-layers) and into some of the most famous soliloquies, monologues and segments of dialogue in the English language. Even if you don’t understand them, that’s okay - they are two hundred years old, and some of them are made up, and it doesn’t make you an idiot. (Relax.)

If words aren’t enough, then what about the way he positions them? Iambic pentameter (i.e. one of his fancy poetic styles) is a sensational way of story-telling. When I read Shakespeare it feels more like music than words.

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Oct 17,2014

It's that time of week again - Inky's Choice! Where the only opinion that matters is my own!  Now let's get to it...

File 262253 reasons to read Falling into Place by Amy Zhang:

1. NaNoWriMo is nearly upon us! For those who argue that it's a waste of time and doesn't result in're wrong. Zheng wrote the first draft of her debut novel throughout her 2012 NaNo effort. She edited it over two months and sold it shortly thereafter. How's that for a success story?

2. The perspecive is not typical, which makes it both surprising and fantastically awesome. I would say more but I don't want to spoil it!

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Oct 13,2014

Applying Logic to Fantasy (Or Avoiding That at All Costs)

Why doesn’t Harry just find himself a muggle weapon and rid himself of Voldemort for good? Why don’t the tributes just refuse to play in the Hunger Games? Why doesn’t Gandalf just get Radagast the Brown to call upon a few giant eagles and save the hobbits a whole lot of time?

Why didn’t the main character just use a real world device to solve the central conflict of the story?

If you’re asking questions like these, then you’re suffering from logic.

File 26213Real world logic is to fantasy what powerful rings are to corruptible hobbits: annoying, hard to dispute, and really just another argument for staying inside and shunning the rest of the world entirely. I can’t make sense of those who think that fake and real should mix. To me it seems that Harry needs to have an epic duel, or that Katniss needs to fight, or that… Well, I can’t really defend Tolkien’s conveniently apparating eagles, but you understand what I mean. The point of fantasy is that it’s not real. Nothing leaches the fun out of a fake world like the real world poking its head in and reminding me that it’s fake.

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Oct 10,2014

3 reasons to read State of Grace by Hilary Badger: 

File 261851. For the feel-good utopian factor. It's set in a paradise-like world where everything is good, and everyone is accepted for who they are.

2. For the uneasy dystopian factor. Because nothing is ever quite what it seems, is it? I confess that the darker this book gets, the more I found myself thinking uncomfortably about some of the real world parallels.

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Oct 08,2014

Pssst! Over here!

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Do you love the Harry Potter books?

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Have you seen all the films?

Then you're in for a treat, because the internet has finally given us images from deleted scenes from Harry Potter. Fans of the books, prepare to squee over those poignant moments that you never got to see in cinema... (obviously: spoiler alert!)

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Oct 07,2014

Hi! I’m a fourteen year old girl from Sydney with one twin, one older sister, two sets of parents and a small dog. My main hobbies are reading, writing and watching movies. I like trivia, nerd culture and really good books. I find silly books marketed at my demographic and the adaptation of said books into even sillier movies interesting out of scientific curiosity (I think this post will show exactly how little respect I hold for them).

My personal mantra is that you need to experience the bad to appreciate the good, which is pretty much a poetic excuse to indulge my appetite for really horrible books and movies. My ultimate dream is to be a writer and have a fandom of my own, but I guess I could settle for going to Hogwarts, because that would be pretty cool too.

Welcome, Clio! Glad to have you joining us as this month's 'Voice', sharing your bookish thoughts. And maybe even your Hogwarts letter. (Please?) - Inky.


File 26154A Novel Dilemma

I, a teenage girl, am looking for a fantasy novel about dragons or something similar when I find myself in the ‘Young Adult’ section. I wander up and down the aisles, searching for something to suit my tastes- after all, this is my part of the store- and instead find novels full of barely concealed plagiarism, mysterious bad boys, weak protagonists and absolutely none of the fantastical settings, characters and dragons that I so desire.

Just for a laugh, I pick up a random book and observe the blurb:

Things are going well for Unnecessary Female Protagonist. Life is just really great. Then her (mysterious heirloom/friend/relative/stranger from the bus stop) is (killed/taken/swallowed) by (demons/vampires/aliens/werewolves/mermaids), and she is swept into a world full of (any of the above). Suddenly the (mysterious/brooding/dark-eyed/somehow interesting) Stereotype on Wheels appears, with all of his bad boy looks and tortured past and pulsating abdominals, and she is irresistibly allured by him. He takes her deeper into his world, where she meets Unnecessary Competition, the Third Edge of that Love Triangle; Secondary Characters who will Undoubtedly be Cooler than those Starring; and Strange Creatures Who Have Had Their Ancient Lore Altered for the Sake of a Book. She forgets that she’s in a fantasy novel, and learns a lesson or two about the (pain/torment/fun/dullness) of unrequited love.

I drop the book like it’s burning a hole through my taste in literature. Why is it impossible to write sci-fi and fantasy for teen girls?

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