Articles by Sarah McCoy

September 20, 2013

Bubblegum Rewards: Ten Lessons Shared by Reality TV and Classic Literature 3

Just when I’d pronounced myself lost to empty, mindless indulgence, I invented a game: matching reality programs with classic literature. After playing a few times on the couch (flat screen to my left, library shelf to my right), I’m now unable to watch reality shows without asking, “So, what book is this like?” Inevitably, I discover one lesson on how to live and another on how to write.

November 27, 2012

Finding True Love, Finding a Literary Agent 30

Your agent relationship is akin to a marriage.

July 5, 2010

Between the Pages 10

Being a reader is like playing tricks with time. You turn the page of the fictional story while an hour of your own passes. The characters breathe, laugh and cry, and so do you. When you finish their tale, you close the book and set it aside, dreaming of their ever-after, while stepping out into yours.

May 13, 2010

V: Lizard Aliens as a Social Reminder 15

The latest TV hit: a 2010 sci-fi remake of a 1980s sci-fi hit, itself an adaptation of a 1935 novel warning against the growing threat of fascism. We live in a world where history repeats itself; where old ideas cloak themselves in various contemporary skins and pretty packages for each budding generation.

April 22, 2010

The Baby-Sitters Club is Back, Baby! 9

Given the current YA vampire and fantasy craze, I wonder if novels staked in the normal can find the ardent following they did with my generation. Will young readers with an acutely developed taste for bloody bites and wizard wands be captivated by the story of industrious teenagers facing the universal travails of growing up?

February 26, 2010

Joy of Cooking: A Novel Experience 12

The truth is, I read cookbooks like novels. Cover to cover, page by page, the dedication, the acknowledgments, the indexes: I devour everything.