Saturday, October 9, 2010

Picking Teams

Team Peeta or Team Gale? Team Edward or Team Jacob?

Love triangles are more common than ever in YA literature, and devotees of the genre are die-hard about their love for one choice over the other. I can't think of a single YA title with even the hint of a triangle that doesn't have people rooting online for their side to get the girl.

It's the type of thing a lot of authors dream about. After all, it means people are invested in our stories.

Just this week, I had the pleasure of sending out my newest story to my little group of beta readers. I've heard back from three of them already, and I couldn't be happier.

One of them is Team Max all the way. She adores him. So much so, she's even devoted an entire list on Twitter just to Max. I think if she could bottle him and take him home with her, she would.

Another issued me a challenge. She said sex with a Chad could never be hot. I received this tweet from her today: "@SelestedeLaney Oh! I forgot to tell met and exceeded the #smexyChadchallenge! *high five*"

The third informed me that she really liked Max, but thought she preferred Chad. But "mostly I'm team Jocelyn."

My heart skipped a beat when I read that. I know it isn't YA, but the idea that even among my beta readers they are choosing teams is crazy exciting for me.  It means that maybe, just maybe, I'm doing something right.

Because I still doubt myself.


  1. As one of your privileged beta-readers, I must say, you are definitely doing it right. Well, writing anyway. ;) I'm loving watching your characters grow and evolve and I can't wait for more.

  2. I've only read the first one, but I want more Max.

  3. LOL it seems like EVERYONE who read the first one wants more Max. Hopefully we'll all get a chance to see if you want more Chad too ;-)


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