I was reading this article from the Wall Street Journal where juvenile fiction critic Meghan Cox Gurdon reviewed one of my favorite reads this year: Matched. As I was reading through the first of the review, I began to wonder why the review of this book started out with a synopsis of Twilight but decided to pass over that as a lot of books start out being compared to that particular book. Then I realized oh, it’s because they are both Mormon the author of this ridiculous review (If you can even call it that) decided to compare the two books, not on merit, or similarities or even writing style, she compared Ally Condie with Stephanie Meyer because they both wrote Mormon Fiction…
Well Meghan you are wrong and the fact that you could even throw religion in as a profile makes me sick to my stomach. Being an Atheist myself I generally don’t look for or care what religion someone else is. I am tolerant. I do not spout my beliefs ever or even have religious conversations, it just isn’t something I am interested in as a topic at all. I also don’t like to talk about wars, politics, or my extreme crush on Vladamir Putin. So Mrs Gurdon when I read your literary review of this book I was shocked to say the least that you used religion to band together two books that come from a completely different spectrum of YA because the authors of two different books share a religion.
Shame on you and the Wall Street Journal for this type of condescension.
And they say we book bloggers are the problem. Major Pfft.
Just to note Meghan the only comment on your ridiculous article is from a man named Richard Packham and the only thing he gleaned from your astounding wax poetic on Matched was this:
From the review (I have not read the book) it seems that Condie is really writing a critical comment about Mormon society. Anyone familiar with Mormon culture and customs will recognize Condie’s description of the novel’s “Society” as a fictionalized Mormon church: no choices are allowed; the Officials make all decisions, and they do not make mistakes; only bland, nutritious foods; too much technology leads to disastrous “error.” Will Mormons recognize themselves? How long before the officials of the Mormon church will discipline Ms. Condie and condemn her books as “not faith-promoting”?
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