Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Rejected Blog Idea

The other day I had what I was pretty sure was the best idea since Harry Burnett Reese figured out how to combine peanut butter and chocolate in the shape of a shallow cup. But I waited, because like many great ideas, this one scared me a little.

After a couple of days I rejected the idea because it was sure to cause controversy and might make some of my loyal readers angry and could even get back to some powerful people who could break me.

However, because I am nothing if not giving, I am offering this idea to anyone who wants it. Here it is:

I was going to call it the HOTTEST WOMEN OF YA and it would have been pretty much exactly what you think. After hours of exhaustive research (Google images), I was going to post pictures and perhaps some commentary about the lovely ladies who pen potential Printz prizewinners. I would of course encourage recommendations for other ladies in the comments. Then I thought there would be a battle between the HOTTEST WOMEN OF YA to determine the HOTTEST WOMAN OF YA, complete with voting and impassioned arguments and maybe even payola. At the end, a winner would be named. Maybe I'd have even created a fancy award for the HOTTEST WOMAN OF YA to post on her blog.

But like I said, I'm not going to do it. Someone would take it the wrong way. Someone always does. They'd call me sexist and say I was "objectifying women" and all that. I imagine their leader as Ursula K. Le Guin, but I wouldn't put it past Laurie Halse Anderson (who would have probably been a contender, incidentally. Just sayin'). Or maybe Philip Reeve. Those Brits are sensitive gents.
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The photo above is of Ann Brashares. Its appearance in this post is purely coincidental. I swear.

16 comments:

Jonathon Arntson said...

The flame carrier would definitely be Justine Larbalestier and I'm gay, so I could totally get away with this post, but I'm booked until April.

Kelly said...

Perhaps you should pitch your idea to Hugh Hefner.
Maybe then some teen boys may head to the library to check out some YA books to read after they leave the bathroom.
Seriously, some might welcome the idea, others (most?) would throw their sensible shoes at you.

Valerie Geary said...

I'd say good call to skip this idea.... but that's just me. Per Kelly's comment, I would most definitely throw my shoe. :D

Tracy Edward Wymer said...
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Tracy Edward Wymer said...

Perhaps my favorite post of all-Murphblog time.

Wuss.

halseanderson said...

I know I am supposed to be all pissy and offended by this, but I am grateful. Haven't laughed this hard in a long time.

Thanks, Murph.

Laurie

Lily Cate said...

You know, there are a lot of hot brunette YA writers out there. But I don't think it's the hotness that makes them good writers.

Tracy Edward Wymer said...

And then sometimes, the spoken about bings by your blog. Nice.

James Kennedy said...

Somebody's already beaten you to the punch, but with dudes. World, I give you "Librarian Beat" -- and I, ahem, was their virgin interview:

http://librarianbeat.blogspot.com/2009/01/normal-0-false-false-false-en-us-x-none.html

Casey McCormick said...

I wouldn't miss a post. Ha! I'm not sure anyone could pull the idea off as well as you.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

It is a world of double standards, is it not, James?

I haven't read it yet, but congratulations on your attractiveness nevertheless.

I hope you credited your parents.

Betty said...

I was going to say it would be wrong to just have the Hottest Ladies, but since James Kennedy has already poitned out the excellent Librarian Beat site, I suppose the other half is covered. :-)

You crack me up, Murph! And I won't throw any shoes your way.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

What are the criteria for hottest? Interviews? Talents? Purple prose? Blogs? Or just swimsuit competition? I have lots of boots to throw. Some sensible and some not.

Laura Pauling said...

okay, that was so cool. Laurie Halse Anderson posted on your blog!!!

I've held back from a few blog posts myself...just until I figure out the right way to present it. :)

Anita said...

LAURA: He gets all sorts of famous people here. You better claim your barstool before some Pulitzer winner takes it...they're nasty that way.

Myra said...

You're the shiz, man. Just the shiz.