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!