Wednesday, June 15, 2011

YA Characters in Movies.

YA World Wednesday

 Movies can help you immensely when it comes to writing young adult characters.

Last weekend I saw the movie Super 8. This movie was written and directed by J. J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg. Here's the trailer.

This trailer shows a lot of action. Believe me, you're in for a wild ride that is fun and scary at times. But it's more than that. 

At the heart and sole of the picture is a young thirteen-year-old boy named Joe Lamb. His mother has been killed in an accident and Joe carries her locket in the pocket of his jeans. I was hooked from that point on. Why? Because it showed me a character with depth. I'd follow him through anything to see that nothing bad happens to him.

Isn't that what we do when we become involved with characters? We want to make sure they get through the story all right.

Adding to Joe's problems are his father and a girl. His father is a deputy and still grieves deeply for his wife so much so that he doesn't quite know what to do with his son. The girl is gorgeous with long blond hair and big, soulful eyes. Needless to say Joe has a huge crush on her. BUT she is the daughter of the man responsible for Joe's mother's death.

Ahhh the plot thickens.

These characters are beautifully layered. They make you care even before there's the big train wreck and the thriller part of the movie kicks in. This story works on many levels: plot, character development, and structure. 

If you want to study some wonderful YA characters this is the movie to see. But be warned, it is very violent and there's swearing.

What movies have you seen that had characters you loved? What character traits made you want to follow them to see what happened?


  1. This movie is at the top of my list. I can't wait to see it.

  2. I really liked the movie "Easy A." Having caring parents in the movie was so good; rarely do we see parents in YA books and films who clearly like their kids. It was refreshing.

  3. Carol,
    I think you'll enjoy it. I'll like to know your take on the movies once you've seen it.

  4. Laura,
    I'm glad you enjoyed it as well. And you brought up a big point, that the parents love their kids. Big plus in my book. :)

  5. I must see this one. Hadn't even heard of it before.

    Avatar isn't with youth but it's one that really hits me. How selfish we humans are--so sad.

  6. Eileen,
    You're not alone. My daughter loved Avatar.

    Super 8 has such wonderful characterization. I think you'll enjoy it.

  7. I am not a modern movie buff; I choose the classics. This one sounds excellent in its use of characters, though, and we can learn so much from a great screenplay.

    I loved Humphy Bogart in Sabrina, but I heard that off the set he couldn't stand Audrey Hepburn. Can you imagine kissing someone who turned your stomach?

  8. Sounds like an interesting movie! Appreciate your heads up about the violence and language - it wouldn't be the one for me! The characters sound like they DO have lots of depth. I saw Soul Surfer recently and felt the same way about the heroine! Have a wonderful week and God bless!

  9. Jeanette,
    I loved Sabrina. I didn't know that off screen he didn't like Audrey. That makes me so sad. Great acting on his part though.

  10. Maria,
    I loved Soul Surfer! And how great that it was based on an actual event. Amazing story of overcoming obstacles. Very inspiring. Did you notice that in the credits they thanked Jesus not once but twice. So cool.



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