Felicia Day and her joyous geeky ways, a model of an online book club
So, I woke up super early this morning and didn’t know what to post and was feeling amazingly uninspired. Then, suddenly, someone (I don’t remember who, sorry but thank you so much for the entertainment this morning) Tweeted about this online book group by Felicia Day called the Vaginal Fantasy Hangout. All hail the power of the Internet.
1) I love Felicia Day, she is a geeky gem and I love her geeky ways. Just last night I watched her go all glitchy on the newest episode of Eureka. Everyone should see her in the most fantabulous Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing A Long Blog.
2) I didn’t name it that, sorry to those with more delicate sensibilities.
So I spent the morning doing extensive research for you (you’re welcome), and am really impressed with the format and think to myself – self, this would be a great way to do a book discussion group with teens and create some online content. I’m not going to lie, it would be helpful to have some good personalities involved. You may have noticed, but I am not a particularly funny person. But we all know and love some teens who wear snark well, get them involved. Bonus points if you can get them to read the book, too.
So here is what they do:
1. They have an online book discussion via Google+ Hangout.
2. They record it.
3. They upload it (to YouTube)
(Note: you could also just all meet in the same room and just record it)
Here, for example, they discuss Gabriel’s Ghost
They do have an online webpage and forum for the group powered by tumblr. They post in the Goodreads forum. They Tweet. Basically, they are using the power of the web in all the right ways and are talking about books. They really do talk about the books.
This is such an excellent example of how you can get teens into tech and discussing books.
As for vaginal fantasy, it appears to be fantasy with sex. I am not sure if they made that term up themselves or if it is a real genre that I just somehow missed. Maybe someone can clear that up in the comments for me.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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