A blog for young readers (and YA lovers) from the Providence Athenaeum.
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In celebration of the 2012 summer reading theme across Rhode Island, Own the Night, every Monday our blog will feature two night-dwellers or otherwise creepy characters facing each other down. Vote on one below, or come on in to the Athenaeum to vote in person and see the full bracket of all the contenders!
The contenders this week are inspired by the whimsical YA anthology with a very straightforward name: Zombies Vs. Unicorns.
Unicorns are known for being beautiful, but they’re a lot of substance behind all that rainbow-and-glitter style. According to European folklore, their horns are imbued with incredible healing and purifying powers. Their fierceness and intelligence made them impossible to hunt – the only way to capture a unicorn was if one should choose to appear to a maiden.
The term “zombie” originated in Haiti, referring to a person brought back from the dead or in a mindless trance. Horror and fantasy literature has transformed the walking dead into a monster with singular purpose – consume. In their quest for flesh, the zombies of fiction can spread the plague or curse that transformed them and multiply rapidly. The unicorn might dispose of one zombie easily, but one zombie never stays just one for long…
If you’ve read the collection edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier, you know which team many popular YA authors are on… but that’s all about which stories are best. When it turns into a brawl, who’s left standing? Who will own the night?
Currently on the New YA Bookshelf is Zombies vs. Unicorns, a very entertaining collection featuring some of the YA world’s bestselling and most beloved authors. From editor Holly Black’s official website:
It’s a question as old as time itself: which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? In this anthology, edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (unicorn and zombie, respectively), strong arguments are made for both sides in the form of short stories. Half of the stories portray the strengths—for good and evil—of unicorns and half show the good (and really, really bad-ass) side of zombies. Contributors include many bestselling teen authors, including Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan. This anthology will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?
My personal favorites from each category were Diana Peterfreund’s The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn and Libba Bray’s Prom Night. This anthology joins the Athenaeum just in time for the RI 2012 Summer Reading theme, Own the Night. Visit the Ath and devour a few stories!