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?