I cannot sleep evar.
But seriously, literature is freaky sometimes. So I’m gonna talk about it.
I have been trying to read less popular YA lately since it’s in the genre I want to write in, but there is a reason it’s less popular. I can’t believe the amount of cleverly disguised Twilight rip offs I’ve read lately. (Glaring at Haven - SO. BAD.)
But what really frustrates me is character in YA fiction. Maybe character is bad in adult lit too; I wouldn’t know since I hardly read it unless it’s supermegapopular. In fact, I think I’ve only read three adult books before. I just don’t want to get into a genre where I won’t connect to the characters age-wise. Bite me.
Anyways, there are so many problems with character in lit. It’s so hard to create a balanced male character, and forget about your female protagonist. She’s hopeless; for some reason people hate the female MC in any series as it progresses. Side female characters can still be loved, but not the MC.
Anyways, creating male characters makes me want to punch a face. A fictional face, that is. Because if I punched a real face that would be assault.
Anyways, a book’s worth in the YA genre as far as I have seen lies mostly in the hands of the male MC. A lot of fanbases are composed of girls who read the books only for the witty/hawt male MC.
So then the question is, what makes a male MC hawt in the eyes of YA?
It’s a strange balance of how much he controls the female character, the promise of character development, his past/sensitivity, how masculine he is, and his dialogue. Short dialogue is the best when writing a male MC that I’ve seen so far. It just makes your heart race faster. It makes him seem more straight forward. Not a single word can be wasted with a male MC, it seems.
I think the reason people are so interested in a male MC that is aloof and