Wednesday, September 7, 2011

RTW: Before They Were Stars

Time for another Road Trip Wednesday!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic: What non-YA character would you love to see star in a YA book as themselves?

I actually had some difficulty with this one. 

Many of my favorite adult characters already get lengthy flashbacks to their young adulthood in their books. (Heck, the Gunslinger essentially gets a whole YA book in the midst of the Dark Tower.) Others are most interesting because of training, education, or experiences that they wouldn’t have yet as teenagers. And saavy villains like Hannibal Lecter, Tom Ripley, and Richard III fascinate me, but do I really want to see little versions of them torturing animals or going through whatever childhood horrors helped form them? Not really.

Then I thought about my favorite quirky, stodgy, smart European gentlemen, Poirot and Jeeves, and their partners in crime... who, as an added bonus, were all portrayed perfectly in television and film:

P.G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster Source
Agatha Christie's Poirot and Hastings Source

I wonder if it would actually work though. I feel like young Wooster would be just like adult Wooster, only everyone would find his hijinks, rushed romances, and poorly played music more endearing. Poirot and Jeeves would probably just be the bullied genius nerds sitting in the corner, waiting for a better chance to use their abilities. Hastings could be fun, but he isn't as thoroughly drawn as the others, so I'm not sure what he'd be like.

So I have some easy alternative answers, because who could resist the excuse to reenter J.K. Rowling's world?

I know we got flashbacks to Voldemort, Snape, and Harry's parents when they were at school, but wouldn't you love to read about other characters as they cavorted at Hogwarts and grew into adulthood during Voldemort's first rise to power? I certainly wouldn't complain.

What adult characters would you like to see in their own YA series? I'm excited to read other people's ideas, especially after having so much trouble coming up with my own!


  1. Haha, A LOT of people want to see a Harry Potter prequel series! Maybe JK should get on that :-)

  2. This one was hard for me too, and I had to force myself not to use my lengthy list of HP standbys. :P

  3. Haha, yeah. I tried to come up with more creative options, but who WOULDN'T want more Hogwarts, really?

  4. Rowling created such a complete, consistent community that you just know that it all existed before the time of the books-it would be fun to go back a generation and see what it was like at school for the "grownups" we read about.
    I would rather see Miss Marple than Poirot-her life took such a dramatic turn due to WW I that her adolescence would be interesting. I agree Poirot would be the nerd in the corner, telling on his schoolmates.
    In the detective line, I would also like to see Lord Peter Wimsey as he was pre WW I. Even more, his faithful Bunter (sergeant, butler, cohort).

  5. I never got as into Miss Marple, but I could definitely see it. And hats off to all those delightful, faithful, resourceful butler types.

  6. I'd love to read about Sirius Black as a kid and teen. How he rebelled against his pure blood-fanatic family and chose to hang out with James and the gang.

  7. And just for the record, Richard III was savaged by Shakespeare, etc.-he was really a loyal, gentle soul pushed into a situation that he was helpless to control.

  8. Very true - and thanks to Daughter of Time, I'm equally obsessed with the history of the real Richard. But Sir Thomas More and Shakespeare certainly created a compelling fiction.