These books have been on my radar for a while, in no small part because they’ve been so passionately championed by my fellow Asian readers, including Soph @ Bookwyrming Thoughts and CW @ The Quiet Pond. But it wasn’t until Clo sent me a copy of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo that I finally got it together and read them.
And I can’t believe I waited so long! The Asian(-American) protagonists, the Chinese mythology, the SF Bay Area setting, the snark and the internalized stress … I felt right at home in Genie’s world.
Really, I loved these books so much that I’m still struggling to put together coherent reviews. But I wanted to pay tribute to their brilliance and spend a little more time with the characters, hence this post.
THE DRAMATIC SOUNDTRACK OF GENIE LO
“The Way is there for anyone to grasp. If an evil person trains harder than you, they will be stronger than you, and that’s that. Spiritual power isn’t just or merciful. It’s fair. That’s what makes it so dangerous.”
Guardians of California
- Invincible – Chris Wallace
- People Like Us – Kelly Clarkson
- Superheroes – The Script
Genie & Quentin
- Take on the World – You Me at Six
- Us – Clara Mae
- Yellow – Katherine Ho
- 勇氣 – Fish Leong
- 老鼠愛大米 – Twins
There is no Genie Lo, I wanted to shout. Not the kind that lived prettily in air quotes. There was a sixteen-year-old girl from the Bay who answered to that name, but there wasn’t some sparkling magic nugget underneath that I could dig up, polish, and put on display.
… he used to be a rebel. Sun Wukong, who’d invaded Heaven and trashed the place.
(Yes, I did two for Genie and only one for Quentin/Sun Wukong. Officially this is because Genie is the protagonist of the duology, but unofficially it’s because I couldn’t find enough fitting images that I liked.)
- What are your favorite folktales and legends?
- What songs would be included in your personal soundtrack?
- What kinds of images and colors would you use in a moodboard for yourself?