Lyse Links: icons, scams, and audiobooks

Okay, I’ll be honest, this is a mostly a books-related Lyse Links. But I think everyone will like it! And I needed an excuse to share this week’s grand caper. And hoo boy do I think you’ll like that one. It’s an intersection of my favorite things–Twitter, a great detective story, and the YA/book community.

How Ella Enchanted Accidentally Became a Feminist Icon — Ella Enchanted was one of my earliest and favorite fairy tale adaptations. It’s funny, clever, and subversive. It’s fascinating to see how it’s helped shape a generation of young women.

The Undisputed King of Audiobooks — The person who records an audiobook is the deciding factor in that audiobook’s success. Here, a prolific audiobook narrator weighs in on his work and what makes a difference.

Behind the scam: what does it take to become a bestselling author? — This is a great intro to the next set of stories. Also, it’s good to be informed so that you’re not fooled by some “bestselling author.” Amazon bestseller is VERY different from NYT bestseller.

The NYT #1 Caper

For those of you outside the book world, not on Twitter, or possibly living under a rock, the YA Twitter community launched a detective agency this week. When the early version of the NYT Bestseller list for YA hardbacks released Wednesday night, people noticed some…oddities. The #1 book was an unknown title, the first release from a mildly successful website. Online searches yielded little information beyond some press release articles.

So agents, authors, and booklovers started digging. I’ll let the articles tell the story.

Pajiba broke the story first — and continued updating throughout Thursday as new sources came forward and information was uncovered.
The Hollywood Reporter published the author’s response — which is a great attempt at creating doubt and garnering sympathy, but completely rubbish if you know anything about the YA community (which she does not).
Huffington Post and NPR both offer good write-ups with additional quotes from the author.

You can also follow live updates or read the real-time Twitter record of the adventure from Jeremy West and Phil Stamper, the lead detectives. Following this madness has been the best part of my week, for sure. And if you’re curious about the book itself…well, Twitter’s got that covered too. Here’s a thread with snippets from the first few chapters.

If you read the news reports about this, it’s easy to get lost in the nonsense of it–bands, celebrities, internet detectives–but the important thing to remember is that the problem here is the scam, not the laughable writing, plagiarized cover, or author’s shenanigans. This book’s place on the NYT list was a scam. Uncovering that is not bullying.

Your turn! What do you think? Was Ella Enchanted important in your childhood? Do you read audiobooks? Did the caper make you laugh? or make you angry? And finally, should I do more book-focused link posts? Let me know!

3 thoughts on “Lyse Links: icons, scams, and audiobooks

  1. I actually only found out about Ella when I saw the movie 😊 I don’t think it’s printed in my country. Which really is too bad! And I still can’t quite come to after that whole NYT scandal 😃 what a good bit of gossip that was though. At least I know I enjoyed it 😂

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