Thursday, July 22, 2010

I Don't Think This Really Needs Much Explanation

19 comments:

Aleeza said...

I'd make out with it. :D

Remilda Graystone said...

Funny vlog! I liked it, and I can't wait to read some of the books that've been mentioned.

aspiring_x said...

i loved the concept of this video, but i think the experiment is flawed a bit... all the covers you picked were covers (from what i could tell on the screen) looked really gender neutral. i wonder if the results would be different if you chose covers that are just a close-up of a girl's face (bunches of great YA books are this way) or have half-naked men (thinking City of Bones- which i think most guys would like- despite the stereotypical boy characters). i think the numbers may be a bit different. also, the sampling... for a good experiment, more subjects would be needed... now, i'm really curious. i'm thinking field trip... i wonder when my next day off work is...

hannah said...

aspiring_x--you're totally right; it was a completely flawed experiment. I think even calling it an experiment might be an insult to experiments. We were just fucking around.

A few reasons I didn't pick more polarizing covers were--

a. Time restraints. We didn't have time to do that many

b. I only wanted to do books I'd loved, so that it would be very very clear that I'm not trashing books, just covers, haha.

c. A lot of my books are still at my parents' house and I don't live there anymore and lots of other boring logistical things that leave me with not a huge selection of books in my house right now. So I had to make do with what I had.

aspiring_x said...

lol. yeah, i know you were screwing around (but the conclusion you made- covers might not have as much influence as we may think over which gender would buy a book- is interesting). i think it would make a good experiment. now, i'm trying to think of a way i could do something similar, but on a bigger (probably still not quite scientific) scale...
you know YA much better than i, do you have any books you would recommend for such an experiment?

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

Lol! Awesome vid! Gotta love the last round of voting, possibly the best (and most unique!) answers ;)

You three should totally do that again, it was too fun to watch!

Kristin Jr. said...

Please don't take this the wrong way, Hannah, but I might be in love with your boyfriend if he wasn't...you know...your boyfriend.

hannah said...

It's cool, I'm in love with boyfriend even though he is my boyfriend, which is a pretty major feat, if you ask me.

aspiring_x--I'd be interested to see responses to Ellen Hopkins's covers, and Scott Westerfield's in the Uglies series, and David Levithan's cover. (My roommate absolutely LOVES the cover to Love is the Higher Law, as do I.)

aspiring_x said...

thanks a bunch hannah!
(by the way, your boyfriend reminds me of charlie from dead poets.)

Shaun Hutchinson said...

Even I want to make out with your book cover, and that's saying something.
Also, totally jealous of your copy of YOU.

hannah said...

It's not mine, it's Suzie's. I need to mail it back. *sheepish*

maine character said...

Liked this a lot - better than Olympic judging, for sure.

About Wallflower, I never saw the pants in that photo. It always looked like an upside-down bat or spooky bunny, with his socks for the eyes.

We were just fucking around.

Sometimes I'm afraid that's what God will say when this is all over.

K. Cruz said...

Big HA to maine character's last two lines.

You should do more experiments like this. If the Nobel Prize included a People's Choice thing, (or maybe name it the People's Voter's Nobel Prize by Teen Choice awards) this would get it.

BTW, I absolutely agree about the white space thing. Pictures confuse me.

Thanks for the vid!

bclement412 said...

Haha funny vlog!

And I didn't know you were... married??

hannah said...

I'm not married. Hence the freaky look I give to the camera when he says we're married.

We're engaged, but not getting married for a long time.

Loretta Nyhan said...

Ok, that was just too fun...

suzie townsend said...

Haha, I love you guys :) Even though that is my copy of YOU...

hannah said...

I KNOW I WAS SCARED FOR YOU TO SEE THIS VIDEO.

I'll bring it to New York, pinkie swear.

JoyJoy said...

I'm going to say this as respectfully as I can...

I thought it was REALLY offensive when you said your friend was "too gay to be a real male perspective."

I was pretty stunned to hear you say it, in fact. You're such an advocate for not stereotyping based on gender, why would you indulge in such a stereotype about orientation?

I know you meant it as a joke. It isn't funny. It's hurtful. I really hope you'll think it through before publicly broadcasting such comments in the future.

-Joy (perhaps too gay to qualify as a real female perspective)