Post your reading journal about Moth stories here
The second post for our online/asynchronous class is about the listening assigned for Wednesday, 2 February 2022. You can access all of the Moth Story Hour stories from our syllabus on our class website.
For this reading journal, please post no more than 300 words (because it is an online post). As you post, please consider not just the three stories I asked you to listen to from The Moth but think about the two stories from Monday's Snow Day cancellation. While "7th Grade" and "The Secret Letter" are specifically written for and, in the case of "Letter" written by, Young Adults, the other pieces are written for adult readers/audiences.And yet all of them work or could work as young adult.
For this post, please respond to this prompt using all five of the readings/listenings from this week: What makes something "young" and "adult"? Is there a spectrum? If so, where to the stories we looked at this week fall? As you answer, consider the characteristics of YA that we talked about in class last week from the readings for Wednesday's class.
NOTE: As this is an asynchronous assignment, you need to have this and all of the other posts from this week completed by class time on Monday, 7 February 2022.
2/1/2022 07:04:19 pm
2/2/2022 09:42:55 am
Erin Barker’s adds a comedic aspect to what she has been through within life of step siblings and a stepparent and makes it easy for the audience and the listeners to relate. Erin is older and has put her life events into perspective but as well at certain points, Erin is expressing harder moments like when she wanted the one thing for Christmas and her stepbrother ended up receiving it. She then makes a joke of it saying she can take the role of the asshole in the family which I thought was brilliant. Erin’s overall goal seems to be allowing people to relate to her in a lighthearted way and the importance of looking back on life events in a comedic light.
2/2/2022 10:43:54 am
In “Is Your Dad Single”, “Maybe”, and “Secret Letter”, the narrator of each clip tells a personal story that takes place during their childhood or teenage years. All three stories have themes of conforming to socially acceptable ideas, and all of them end in the narrator breaking free from these ideas. This parallels the themes seen in “7th Grade” and “Girl”, except in those stories the main character fails to separate themselves from social etiquettes.
2/2/2022 06:50:28 pm
The three Moth Stories we listened to all had a recurring Y/A theme. All of them had to do with new experiences and coming of ages. They had to do with finding yourself. In “Is Your Dad Single?” we learn about Erin’s life after her parent’s divorce. Life was great for her until a classmate asked if her dad was single. A year after she said yes, their parents got married. She lost her place in the family. She soon decided to become the asshole of the family because they pushed that onto her. She was being used as a guinea pig for the other kids. Now being an adult, she learned she is a mix of everything that makes someone good. In “Maybe” we hear about Jessica’s disaster of a talent show. She gave herself no preparation and it led to her crashing and burning. A year later she got a puppet and was prepared with an act and jokes. The day of the show, two girls stole her jokes. She was heartbroken. After that a bully destroyed her puppet. She went on stage and cried again. In “The Secret Letter” we listen to Paola’s coming out story. She had a letter that her girlfriend wrote to her on her birthday. She thought her mom read it, so she hinted that he knew. Her mom was immediately alarmed, she thought Paola was going to say she was pregnant. After that she knew she had to tell her. All of these stories, along with “Girl” and “Seventh Grade”, talk about coming of age. They talk about what it’s like to go through adolescence and experience new things and feelings. To face new emotions and scary truths.
2/3/2022 08:45:32 am
“Is Your Dad Single” is a young adult story due to how Barker talks about her experience of a teenager who had once lived with just her father and younger brother. However, her life soon changes and before she knows it, her dad is remarried, and she has a new family. From hearing this story, I can tell that Barker is trying to make the audience side with her rebellious acts. Just like the audience, I was also invested and felt sympathy for Barker, just like I easily felt sympathy for Williamson in her story, “Maybe”. In this next story, Williamson informs her audience of how much she watched ‘Anne’ and how that movie made her want to get on stage. Throughout the rest of the story, she uses a sarcastic tone of humor to describe her young, middle school life that consisted of her preparing to perform for the talent show in an attempt to do better than the last show, however, her jokes were stolen, and her ventriloquist doll was ruined. Despite that, towards the end, Williamson mentions her overcoming her past humiliations and now being able to comfortably go on stage despite some fear lingering. Lastly, in “The Secret Letter”, Ayala’s story is essentially her coming out story. She talks about how she sees a letter from her secret girlfriend laying out in the open in her room, so she assumes her mother saw it. However, it turned out the mother didn’t see it but since she already said something, she had to tell her about it. Despite her anxieties, Ayala comes out and finally feels like she can breathe. Regardless of the differences of these stories, the authors all shared the ability to grow from their pasts and move forward in a more positive light. I feel as if this is one of the many defining factors of the young adult genre as there is always some kind of lesson to learn from.
2/6/2022 05:08:28 pm
In all of the stories that I had to listen to or read this week, I think these are all classified as young and adult because they all told stories that had a purpose to them. They all had lessons learned. The story called, “Is your dad single?”, was about the daughter of a family who had her mom leave at some point in her childhood and when her father got remarried to her new stepmother, she had to deal with having a few more step siblings. She did not enjoy having her step siblings because she got jealous that they were getting the attention.She ended up acting out on it and then ended up finding that she ended up with a better life in the long run and there was no reason for being jealous. The story called, “maybe” was about a girl who embarrassed herself really badly at a talent show in front of hundreds of people. I feel like in this story it is more about the reader learning about the author. She told a story that said a lot about her as a person and that seems really difficult to do in a single story.The last story called “the secret letter” was about a girl who had gotten home from some place and saw that someone had gone through her room. She saw that her letter from her girlfriend was in her room out where people could see it and she wasn't telling anyone about her girlfriend. She got scared that someone had read the letter and ended up in the end telling her family about her girlfriend.The story ends with her learning that she should have just told her family the truth that she had a girlfriend.
2/6/2022 08:38:52 pm
2/7/2022 09:23:27 am
What makes something ‘adult’ is probably a varied perspective. What makes something ‘young’ is probably a focus on the perspective of those who have not yet reached the cultural norm in life experience. These concepts operate on a spectrum because nobody is ever done growing as a person until they die, and the dead have not been very forthcoming about their perspective. Combining these things gets us ‘young adult’ which can be thought of as something that focuses narratively on the core feelings, thoughts, and concerns that ‘young’ people have. As the content of ‘young’ is often relatively consistent between generations, the unique part of a ‘young adult’ story comes from the ‘adult’ section. The ‘adult’ is the feelings, thoughts, and concerns of someone who has already gone through the affairs of the ‘young’ and is often used to impart specific knowledge, thoughts, or concerns into the more common ground perspective of the ‘young.’
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