24 Hour Read-A-Thon: Panties and Prophets!

April 10, 2010

Hour 6 Mini-Challenge:

This one was a “add-on” story on someone’s blog post. I took part there, but nothing needs to be posted here!

Hour 7 Mini-Challenge:

So let’s do this. You go write a blog post related to this wacky pantyworthy concept. It could be an explanation of what makes an author pantyworthy (or boxerworthy—we know men love authors, too), a list of your favorite pantyworthy authors, a discussion of the most pantyworthy book you’ve ever read, the plan for how you would approach a pantyworthy author and offer up said underpants, a list pairing authors with the types of panties that would be most appropriate for throwing at them. Whatever.

Have fun with it. Let your crazy out. Bonus points (metaphorically speaking) for adding visual aids.

For me, a “pantyworthy” author is someone who writes about something that really stirs up a passion in me, usually for some real-life cause that is important to me.

This causes can include things like authors who write about the current state of feminism, healthy non-diet food and nutrition (like Michael Pollan), education, sexual practices and attitudes (such as Feministing‘s founder, who wrote The Purity Myth), etc.

“Pantyworthy” authors, for me, can also include fiction authors who write about things that usually aren’t so easy for teens to find age-appropriate materials on, and are slightly (or not-so-slightly) controversial, but which I think they should be able to access. This includes authors who write about sexual orientation (such as Heather Has Two Mommies or My Two Uncles), eating disorders, mental health, etc.

Another category of “pantyworthy” authors are people who write adult fiction with really interesting sexual themes, both erotica and non-erotica. This includes books like Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy and Anne-Marie MacDonald’s Fall On Your Knees.

On a somewhat related note, I would absolutely love to have literary underwear! I’ve included a few of the cute designs that I found on CafePress during a cursory glance – you can see them full-size by clicking on the images.

I’m sure there are tons more that are also just as interesting – and hopefully some on other websites that are even more visually appealing – but I’m trying not to get sucked into the vortex of the internet right now instead of going back to reading!

Hour 8 Mini-Challenge:

I’m choosing to skip this challenge since it requires writing a piece of fiction, and I really want to go back to my reading. I just finished reading Iqbal, and I am now moving on to read The Prophet (Kahlil Gibran).

But first – a quick walk outside in the refreshing air to go grab some pop from the convenience store at the corner!

2 Comments

  • Sheila (Bookjourney) April 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Here to cheer you on! Looks like you are having fun with the mini challenges 🙂 Keep on having fun and enjoy the readathon!

  • Rebecca @ The Book Lady's Blog April 10, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    So glad to see you mention The Purity Myth. Jessica Valenti is definitely pantyworthy! Thanks for taking the challenge. Hope your readathon is rockin!

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