I just read a few new reviews of both Snark and Stage Fright and the original four Snark and Circumstance novellas. I am always so flattered that someone would take not just the time to read the books but to think about them and then actually write and post a review of them. And if the review is positive, well, that’s like a birthday surprise party and Christmas morning rolled into one big ball of awesome.
And a super extra sprinkles-on-top bonus for me is if they say they like the way the characters have developed. Because I worry about that. A lot.
My books are not exactly plot-driven. If you are looking for thrills and spills and twists and turns, then you would give the Snark series a bad review. As a writer, I start each book with a character that I hear talking me – and then I have to figure out who they are and what they are going to do. Because that’s what interests me about people: what they do. And why they do it.
On a bad day, I could be accused of being a little misanthropic.
. But really, I like people. Mostly. And the single most awesome thing about people – and I mean “awesome” in the literal sensing of inspiring awe – is that they grow and change. Especially young adults.
Ally Sheedy is wrong here:
Your heart (and your brain) die if you don’t grow. Can you imagine what your life would be like now if you still made the same kind of decisions you made when you were ten? Fifteen? Even twenty? I don’t even want to think about it. Because I would look like this Allie Sheedy character all the time. For the rest of my life.
Even so, I was afraid that the new vulnerable sad sack George in Snark and Stage Fright would turn people off, but fortunately most readers so far seem to have found her more “real” and likable. I knew at the end of Snark and Circumstance that Georgia had grown a lot, and in Snark and Stage Fright we see that she is more trusting of people, more able to see them as individuals instead of stereotypes (preppies, jocks, Jesus Freaks). She’s made good friends and has a pretty great boyfriend in Michael because of this new perspective, but she still can’t quite trust that she really belongs with Michael because she still sees him as so different from her. And while Michael has gotten less stuck-up and prideful, he still tends to clam up rather than communicate, so I wanted the sequel to have them continue to grow and figure this stuff out.
Because trust me: there is always stuff to work out. I don’t claim to know the meaning of life but I suspect that part of why we’re here is to learn things, and what we need to learn evolves as we do. Just ask this kid
Leave a comment below about your philosophy of life or, if that’s too daunting share your favorite characters who grow over the course of a novel or series of novels. What do they learn and what do you like about them?
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