STATUS: Elated. I finally closed that deal I mentioned last week. Book nine added to the year’s tally. And, I had a GREAT conversation with an editor who called to tell me that Jennifer O’Connell’s debut young adult, PLAN B, is selling like hotcakes (love when I can say that) and Target just bought in and will soon be stocking that great title in a store near you. Now that’s my kind of day.
What song is playing on the ipod right now? NEXT TO YOU by The Police
Since I’m so gung-ho about YA at the moment, I thought I would talk about an interesting trend I’ve been noticing lately—especially for fantasy young adult.
Angie and I are pretty convinced that writers are killing off parents left and right in their novels as a revenge for a bad childhood.
Lots of death and dismemberment for those poor parental characters who brought your main hero or heroine into the world.
We are rather relieved when we read a partial where both parents are still in existence. It’s a breath of fresh air in comparison.
I realize that the popularity of Harry Potter has opened up a lot of fun avenues regarding main characters as orphans or otherwise alone in the world. There is actually nothing inherently wrong with it (or even all that annoying—unlike portal suction into other worlds). It can be a powerful plot device after all. I won’t stop asking for partials that have killed off the folks or anything like that.
I just want to gently remind writers that’s it’s not necessary. Your characters can have two perfectly nice, well adjusted, and living parents and still have interesting adventures or stories to tell.
We just had to put in a good word for the ‘rents.