This is where I share some totally pointless things!
I know I was supposed to do a Five Things That Really Annoy Me post today, but since it’s #ContempConvos month, I decided to do something contemporary-related instead!
Here are five things that, if present in a YA contemporary book, will make me be able to relate more with the characters:
1. The main character’s a bookworm!
Because DUH. I find it easier to get into these kinds of characters’ thoughts, since I know that we probably share a lot of similar opinions. It also makes it easier for me to cheer this character on, because I believe that if the character can do it, so can I. ;)
Example: I just finished He’s With Me, and the main character named her dogs after book characters!
2. The main character has a *big* family.
Okay, I only have one sibling, but I’m really close to my many, many cousins in the father’s side. When we all get together, it gets really loud and exciting. Which is why if the main character has a big and loud family–girl/dude, I know how you feel!
Example: Charlie from On the Fence has three older brothers and one very supportive dad.
3. The main character’s sarcastic and/or sassy. And likes Oreos.
If you don’t know that I’m sarcastic and sassy, you should meet me in real life. ;) And if you don’t like Oreos, then you might consider moving to a different planet, because we’re not going to be friends.
Example: Basically, I just described the fabulous Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
4. The main character’s dependent.
I’m the most NOT independent person I know. (Honestly? I’m actually kind of scared to get into college in a few years, because NO DORMS PLEASE.) I love those badass and independent MCs as much as the next person, but I’d have to say I can relate more with the dependet ones.
Example: Lily Calloway from Addicted to You is my twin in this.
5. The main character tries to hide their problems.
I think we’ve all done this at least once, yeah? Personally, I try to keep my problems hidden and just go around being preppy on the outside. Sometimes I just want to get them out of the way, but sometimes I’d rather just not burden other people with them.
Example: Chloe from Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless hid her diabetes from her co-workers.
Thoughts? Can you relate to these sorts of MCs, too?
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.