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Monday, August 22, 2011

YA - A Universal Genre

It's no secret that I'm no longer a young adult. Now in my early 30's, I've surpassed those years by at least a decade. BUT I DON'T CARE!!! I love reading and writing YA, and I'm proud of it!

A friend of mine is writing an article about why people of all ages love YA and has asked me to give my two cents. On this subject she may get way more than two cents. I'm very passionate about the YA characters in my books, and the books I read. So let's get to it. Some of the many reasons "I" LOVE YA...
  • YA can cross many genres within one book (for example - sci-fi, dystopian, mystery & romance are all intertwined within Across the Universe by Beth Revis).
  • No matter how old you are, you were once a young adult and can relate to the issues/feelings the characters are going through because you've been there or know someone else who's been there.
  • I really enjoy the writing style. It's easy to immerse yourself within the world the author is creating. Yes, the same goes for adult fiction, but I find that YA has its own unique voice. One that I happen to prefer reading, most of the time. There are exceptions like J.R. Ward (I love her Black Dagger Brotherhood adult series). Again, these are the reasons I read YA, not to say other genres aren't wonderful - I think they are.
  • Haha, yes, I have to admit that many of the YA characters are swoon-worthy (kind of like those classic 80's movies - Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Say Anything, that we all love). My faves happen to be Jace, Dimitri, Four, etc...
I could probably go on forever. How about you? What do you think makes YA a universal genre for all ages? You never know, your comment could end up in the article, so be sure to respond :)


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Which Buffy the Vampire Slayer Character Are You Most Like?

Since my Dark Beauty short story and prequel to Dark Seeker, is based off my love of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I thought it would be fun to take this quiz I found online. Then, I just had to share it with you (because I know you've wondered which character you were most like). Yes, I was hoping for Buffy, because she is just awesome and knows how to kick some a**. In my next life, I will come back spinning into roundhouse kicks and taking names (and seriously, I'm not a violent person). Anyway, Isabelle, Abram (Seekers and main characters in Dark Beauty) and I decided to take this quiz. Here are our results...

Taryn -- Rupert Giles (haha, seriously - this test is totally wrong)
Isabelle -- Buffy Summers (okay, maybe this test is kinda accurate)
Abram -- Buffy Summers (not shocking since he is also a Seeker, but Isabelle and Abram's personalities are also quite different)

Now it's your turn. Please leave a comment telling me which character you are most like. Was it who you expected?

Taryn :)