//my video reply to a TEMPEST fan’s email

I felt like these questions were so important that I wanted to do them justice. Sorry, for the low quality video, I’m a little crunched for time writing book 3 and all.

Now, tell me your thoughts? What would do in my situation? Have you been in my situation? And does anyone else have trouble with the fact that the main characters in YA novels are often very attractive?


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  1. Erica May 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    I feel like in a lot of cases it is very typical for the guys in YA to be very attractive and know it, and the girls to be attractive, but they don't realize it about themselves. Though, a lot of books don't ever really describe the characters which I really like so I can kind of just picture them for myself. I actually think its funny sometimes because I will have pictured a character one way in my head and every once and a while authors will answer a question about a character and I realize how different my vision of the character is from what the authors was. So I don't think its something that really bothers me, it just kind of is.

    I definitely agree about the confidence thing and clingly, I've been in that situation before as well with like the jumping in too fast and it's been a bit awkward.

  2. Julie Cross May 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    that's a really good point, Erica…I don't think I've read a YA book where the guy character is hot and has no idea of said hottness, but it happens with the girls all the time. I've read books where the guy goes through a big physical change over the course of the book which is very realistic. I remember lots of guys coming back to school junior year looking 3 years older than at the end of sophomore year. The transition can often be abrupt for guys and slightly later than for girls.

    So a hot guy who is completely shy and awkward…I think I might possibly be willing to read that book…

  3. Jackson Cordes May 17, 2012 at 1:31 am - Reply

    I think that it also is playing off the sense of whats trending in media. Like Erica said, most authors do not describe the main character(s) completely so they are open to interpretation. This makes it so that the cover art will feature a model who is good looking (such as model Jackson, sorry had to do that too easy to miss) and then that changes the readers perception. Also, a lot of people want to think as a main character as having only one major flaw and chances are it isn't terrible acne… Just my thoughts!

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