Friday, July 28, 2023
Wednesday, July 26, 2023
I have not been paying much attention to this whole AI thing. A few months ago, a Facebook friend who writes about finances for musicians wrote an article on the subject and then did whatever magic has to be done to have an AI write the same thing to see how they compared. The AI version read, to me, like those on-line articles/blog posts written by people who have little knowledge of a subject and are just cranking out material to sell hither and yon. It hit basic points, but provided no depth or detail. Perhaps ringard, if, like me, you are watching the first season of Emily in Paris. Basic, lame.
Then yesterday another Facebook friend posted a link to Beware AI-produced Children's Books! at Sonderbooks. In this piece, Sondra Eklund describes how she came to purchase an AI book for her library and what she found when she read it.
"The book starts out extremely repetitive and very poorly worded. There's no logical progression between sentences, and some sentences repeat on later pages, except often with contradictory information or in a slightly different form. It's got stock photo images and clip art text pages."
Thursday, July 13, 2023
|My favorite adaptation of JE|
YA is a creation of the late 20th century, when very few people of a YA age had to make a living and life for themselves, and that's still the case. The whole coming of age cliche that's such a big deal in YA--some event in an adolescent life that marks the realization of entering adulthood-- probably comes early in Jane Eyre when Jane is left to fend for herself at school. She's well past that and is a flawed but highly principled adult woman through most of the book.
Holding out for a husband who doesn't require you to lower your standards of conduct or enslave yourself to him is not a classic YA situation. Neither is coming to terms with loving a far from perfect man. I come down on the side of Jane Eyre being an adult book that teenagers read, which is much different from being a Young Adult book.
Monday, July 10, 2023
Oh, and these interactions are also all written as texts.
I think this book would be a hit in high school and college libraries where there are plenty of people reading books with the characters texting here. Also, a good gift for English majors.
My Hermit Crab Argument
I am going to argue that Texts From Jane Eyre is written using a hermit crab format. By which I mean the author borrows a form from a particular type of writing the way hermit crabs borrow shells. I will say more about this someday in the future, either here or somewhere else.
If Jane Austen Got Feedback From Some Guy In A Writing Workshop by Shannon Reed is another humor piece I believe uses a hermit crab form.
Monday, July 03, 2023
Valerie's second book coming out next month is Together We Swim with illustrations by Kahlani Juanita. This title is the second in her Together Series, the first being Together We Ride, also illustrated by Juanita. Together We Ride is another beautifully illustrated book, though in a very different style. It also has little text, though there's a narrative story here told between word and picture, while Ride, Roll, Run, Time for Fun! is more experiential.