Carrie Soto Is Back controversy has been trending all over Twitter as Taylor Jenkins’s new book.
Taylor Jenkins Reid’s New York Times bestselling books include Carrie Soto Is Back, Malibu Rising, Daisy Jones & the Six & The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, One True Loves, Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, & Forever, Interrupted.
Reese’s Book Club, Read with Jenna, Indie Next, Best of Amazon, and Book of the Month have all recognized her works as winners. Daisy Jones and The Six, one of her books, is currently being turned into a limited series for Amazon by Hello Sunshine. She is a Los Angeles resident.
What Is Carrie Soto Is Back Controversy? Why Is Taylor Jenkins Trending?
As a result of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s notoriety as the author of Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, everyone is excited about her new book, Carrie Soto is Back (SHEH).
However, much of the discussion has centered on what are perceived to be problematic racial themes in her book. However, another white author can continue writing about people of color (POC) even though publishing is still primarily composed of white people. Similar to 95% white by 2020.
Jesse (Bowties & Books) had reservations about the book’s premise when it was first announced in February.
The book’s protagonist, Carrie Soto, is a Latina tennis champion who comes out of retirement just as Nicki Chan, a young British tennis player, is about to shatter her record.
Jesse observed that it was strange that a white actor would pit POC against one another (in a largely white sport), especially given the rise in anti-Asian prejudice and the ongoing undervaluing of some individual accomplishments because of the Model Minority Myth. (Until recently, many people, including Jesse, believed Soto to be white or Asian, but the point is still valid now that they know she is an Argentinean American.)
A few months later, Jesse went into more detail about the problems with SHEH in a video and stated they were hesitant to label the synopsis as problematic on its own. However, after having a poor experience with Mailbu Rising, they returned to SHEH and discovered a worrying pattern.
Jesse emphasized that their critique was not intended to “drag” the author or the books but rather to make Reid aware of her errors so that she won’t repeat them. They discussed how J.K. Rowling received very little criticism from underrepresented groups for years and how all the warning signs were present before she fully manifested her TERF tendencies.
I know that until a person I know from a different background read some of the book (and watched the movies) in their 30s, I didn’t see criticism of JK Rowling’s handling of gender and ethnicity. I recall gently rebuffing her when she brought up things that didn’t feel right because it attacked my identity at the time.
What Else Has Taylor Jenkins Reid Written?
Forever, Interrupted, her first book, was released in 2013. Resident Advisors, a 2015 Hulu television program, was co-written by Reid.
In 2017, her book The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was released to critical and financial acclaim. In the book, Evelyn Hugo, a fictitious Old Hollywood celebrity, exposes long-kept facts that tarnish her enigmatic life and glamorous marriages.
Daisy Jones & The Six by Reid, published in 2019, is partially inspired by Fleetwood Mac, a band whose smash album Rumours was recorded during which real-life romances between band members were reflected in the songs. The book details the highs & lows of a fictional 1970s rock band.
A web-based miniseries, also titled Daisy Jones & The Six, is being created by Amazon Studios from Daisy Jones & The Six.
Carrie Soto is Back is the fourth and presumably final book in Reid’s “famous ladies quartet,” which includes The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Daisy Jones & The Six, and Malibu Rising.
The four novels share a universe and a common topic, with recurring characters appearing in each, yet each is a standalone story. Reid said she would take a significant sabbatical before starting her next writing endeavor.
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