Saturday, August 25, 2012

Authors Are Rockstars Tour: Julia Karr Guest Post & Giveaway

Hey Y'all! 

I am super excited to be a part of the Authors are Rockstars Tour hosted by the fabulous Fiktshun and Two Chicks on Books. I am even more excited (if that's possible) to be hosting Julie Karr!! She has prepared an awesome guest post below for y'all! Trust me y'all are in for a treat! But first I would like to take a couple of minutes to tell you why I think that Julia Karr is a Rockstar!

I heard about XVI a while back when it first came out, way before I was actively blogging. It sounded amazing. I thought the concept was fresh and original. I liked that she wasn't afraid to write a book about a very touchy subject. Somehow, XVI kept getting pushed down on my TBR pile. However, when I found out that she was going to be on the Author are Rockstars Tour and I would be hosting her, I immediately picked it up then immediately chastised myself for not picking it up sooner! 

I felt the book hit on some very interesting subjects. Many people might not believe or might not want to believe that the world in XVI is even remotely close to the world we live in today. I must wholeheartedly disagree. Julia does an excellent job explaining this below so I won't go any further into detail. 

You should be able to see my review for XVI next week. Once it's up I'll update this post with the link. I have a couple of other books that I have to read but I fully intend to squeeze Truth in sometime in the very near future. If you haven't read this book I sincerely suggest you give it a try. You will not be disappointed. 

Oh, and by the way if you are interested in reading Julia's series, Julia has been kind enough to offer a signed copy of XVI and Truth for a giveaway. (US only) Seriously guys, I am super jealous! Anyways, check out Julia's guest post then enter the giveaway! Also, be sure to check out all of the other stops by clicking here!

Guest Post

I am so thrilled to be a part of the Authors ARE Rockstars blog tour! And many thanks to Ashley & Wholly Books for asking me to guest blog.

One of the things I get asked a lot is how I came up with the future I envisioned in XVI and Truth, and, if I think the world could head that way. I have pretty strong feelings on this – because, unfortunately, I think the world of XVI is way to close already. And, here’s my reasoning…
The Media / Advertising is already legitimizing sexualizing young girls.

Toddlers & Tiaras. OMG! Tell me it isn’t so. The way these little girls are costumed, coached, and taught to perform is a little to the left of disgusting. No 4-to-6 year old should be strutting around like Dolly Parton, complete with fake boobs and a fake butt, singing lyrics that are meant to come out of the mouths of grownups. And tell me why any little girl wouldn’t think she was beautiful, period?! (One of the contestants said she needed to dress up like that so the judges would think she was beautiful. GAH!) This show makes me want to puke.
The spread in the January 2011 issue of French Vogue caused a huge stir, and rightly so. Sure, as young girls lot of us played dress-up – but these pictures (in my opinion) go way overboard and sexualize these child models. (Judge for yourself if these are appropriate images for girls 10 and under)

Advertising in general gives us the ‘model’ to look at that corporations are promoting. It is all about making money for the company without consideration of what the product(s) being sold (be it looks, clothes, things, etc.) may (or may not) do to the consumer and their society.

In XVI’s world, not only are the girls being primed from a very young age to see themselves first and foremost as sexual beings, but boys are being raised to believe that is how all girls are. So, when “sixteen” arrives, girls are ready (or not) – and boys expect them to be. Period.
To me this is not a far cry from what we see now.
To get off that soapbox for a second…

In the world of XVI, surveillance is everywhere. People are constantly monitored. What prompted me to include this in XVI are the details about security camera usage in Chicago (the most watched city in the United States.) (Check out the story here 
Women’s Rights

Women’s rights are under an historic attack as far as I am concerned. When I see how various state governments and national politicians are seeking to tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies – well… years ago I burned my bra protesting women’s second-class-citizen status. And, by gosh – where are the militant girls today? Do women not realize The Equal Rights Amendment was never signed?  . How could we let that ball be dropped? Don’t women deserve the same rights as men? Well, I think we do – but if we don’t do something about it, the world of XVI feels like it’s already here!
So, those were some of the things running through my head as I was writing XVI and Truth. I wonder what readers think? Do they see it as too far-fetched or too close for comfort?

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Julia has been kind of to donate a signed copy of XVI & Truth to one winner. Thanks for stopping by & Good Luck! :)

Giveaway Details:
* US Only
* Giveaway ends 12:01 on 9/1
* One entry per household please!

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  1. Excellent review! I am waiting in this type of blog which is very useful for me. I am happy for your Rockstars blog tour. I will tell all other my friends about this. Thanks for your nice post:)
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  2. I am totally of the mindset that it is way too close for comfort. Books like your rockstar author Julia Karr's XVI and Megan McCafferty's BUMPED and THUMPED are a little too scarily close to what is possible for our future society.

    I had no idea about Chicago's surveillance issues or that the ERA wasn't signed. It is shocking. It is scary. And it doesn't make me happy thinking about the very real negative futures in store for those next generations.

    I am so glad you got to be a part of this tour, got to finally get the chance to read XVI, loved it and think Julia Karr is a rockstar! I totally think she is and have ever since I heard of XVI long before its release.

    There was just so much to think about in that book!

    Thank you so much for being such an awesome host! You said the most wonderful things about your author! <333 And you've made me want to go back and re-read XVI and dive into TRUTH!

  3. I haven't read XVI yet (borrowed it from the library but ran out of time lol) but this makes me definitely want to pick it back up again!
    And um. I'm from Chicago (well, suburbs) so that creeps me out a bit!! Good thing I don't live near the city :)

  4. I haven't read XVI but I have wanted to. It sounds like a book I need to read. Love the post thanks for the great stop on this tour.

  5. I've had this book on my list for SO long--I've yet to read it so I can't answer the question, but an excellent post! I agree with how even though people say over and over that we don't do the things Julia mentions in the article, clearly we as a society do.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I haven't read the book yet, so I can't answer the question. I haven't even heard of these until now - thanks so much for introducing me to them! They are definitely on my TBR list. Great post!!

  7. Great post! I feel awful but I've had XVI and Truth on by pile forever! I need to read them soon. Thanks so much for being a tour stop :)


  8. This is actually the first I've heard of these books, so I haven't read either one yet, but I definitely need to! Thanks for the great guest post and giveaway!!

  9. I've never heard of these books before so this was something new for me! The world described in the guest post sounds pretty scary although entirely possible, based on how society currently is.

    Thank you for the wonderful post and giveaway!

  10. I found the post very intriguing.

  11. I've read XVI, and liked it. But I kind of feel it is a little out there, not really something that would happen. But who knows. It was a good read anyway! I've been waiting to read Truth, so I hope to win!

  12. I don't. I think that when people are in desperate situations, they will and do make decisions that can have devastating fall out.

  13. I can't wait to read these! Great post!
    (PS. @InkyReads in R, not sure if that entry went though or not, as in, If the follow worked. FYI)

  14. I actually found it to be very interesting.

  15. I haven't read the book yet but its been on my.wishlist for.months now! I find it very informing that Julie makes women's rights an issue of the present and not just a historical phase as it appears to be ao often. Thank u for having her on!! Now I really can't wait to read this book!

  16. I haven't read the book yet. About the post I totally agree with you. many people would say we are feminist just because we are saying things like this. HOW WRONG THEY ARE. Women's rights have had a remarkable advance in the past decades, but there's still a lot to fight against. And the first ones who have to raise voice are us, women. The media has a lot of control over this things. One thing I noticed, is about the toys. For little girls there's always dolls, and the hole kitchen to play of making food and even babies to play. What's the problem about cars and trucks, and the hole construction set? Is true that we have achieved so many great things, but there's a lot more to fight for!

  17. I hadn't heard of these books before, but they sound really interesting! Thanks for spreading the word, and for offering the giveaway!

  18. I haven't read there books but I did read the what they are about and this blog entry. From that, I have to say that this is actually too close for comfort in my opinion.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. I haven't read these books yet...they sound wonderful!

  20. I haven't read the books (I want to, though). I didn't know she had a second book. *excitement* Thanks for the giveaway! =D

  21. I haven't read the book, but I could definitely see the premise as "too close to home for comfort." I feel the same about The Handmaid's Tale - that is NOT supposed to be a blueprint for the way we shape our society, GOP!

  22. I haven't read the books, but the post was great. I'll definitely read them now!

  23. I actually have a copy of XVI on my shelf that I can not wait to get to! Thanks for the great interview =D

  24. I love this post! Thank you for the giveaway!


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