Saturday, October 1, 2011

Comment of the Week

Every Saturday we pick a Comment of the Week winner to be showcased here and receive a prize from THE VAULT as a way to thank them for participating in the YA Confidential community.

This week we couldn't decide on just one winner, so we've picked two: one who answered our discussion question from the adult perspective and one from the teenage perspective.

On the difficulty of being an adult writing for teens, our first winner is...

MARY DEBORDE!

"As an adult, I really don't have all that much difficulty *channeling* my teenage self/perspective. Maybe I've never fully grown up. lol

EXCEPT when it comes to the anxiety I felt as a teenager. You know what that's like - you worry about everything and everyone. The worst thing was to accidentally draw negative attention to yourself, especially the attention of your school mates.

And I don't think I was necessarily unique in having that fear.

So it's somewhat disconcerting to read a YA book featuring a teenag" girl who simply oozes confidence. An adult may have long since developed such self assurance, but not a young girl.

It takes a lot of struggles and stumbles in life to overcome that level of uncertainty. I think YA authors tend to forget [on purpose? lol] what that was like."

A little bit about Mary:

Codename: MAD

Legend: Enjoys art, creative writing and spending time with her two adult children. She's also an animal lover/vegan and hopes someday to have her own homestead out in the country filled with heirloom veggies, flowers and a place for her daughter to create her own pottery.

The only mantra she's insisted her children follow is "to THINK for yourself" [and that doesn't mean copying what Mom thinks, either lol].

And for some bizarre reason she simply LOVES zombies ;D

Known Whereabouts: http://maryanndeborde.blogspot.com/

And representing the teen perspective on the question is our second winner...

KATIE!

"As a teen, I hate how in a lot of YA books, people fall in love so quickly. Right. Because that's how it really happens.

Sometimes when I'm reading a book, there'll be that moment when she meets that guy, or looks at her best friend-who-is-like-a-brother a different way, and then all of a sudden, it's over. The reader knows exactly who the MC ends up with, and instead of the author pacing the romance, you can skip forward a few pages and they're making out in the back of his truck."

A little more about Katie:

Codename: X

Legend: Katie is a mostly-normal teenager who likes to go to new places. She has too much time on her hands, and as a result, reads an average of eight books a week. She currently has no idea what she wants to do with her life, just that it will involve a camera and a country she's never been too.

Because of her lack of running skills, she doesn't play any sports, preferring to spend her time with a book, a cup of coffee (black: "It goes without saying that Katherine drank her coffee black. Katherines do, generally." -John Green) and her two cats. Katie loves YA fiction, especially books written by John Green. Her favorite book is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. If Charles was a real person, she would marry him.

Katie is incredibly excited to be a part of YA Confidential, and looks forward to seeing what's coming up.

Known Whereabouts: beautylikeakaleidoscope.blogspot.com, twitter.com/katie_esther


Thanks so much to everyone who commented this week! We've got some great stuff coming up for you next week, so hang around!

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