Thursday, July 5, 2012

Most Likely To Succeed

Thanks to YA Highway's Road Trip Wednesday, I've been compelled to think about...high school. Which isn't so much of a stretch, since I teach high school. And write about high school students. So, really, it's just another day.

Yesterday's topic was, "What yearbook superlative catagory would your character win?"

When I first started teaching high school, I was shocked to find out that they didn't have superlatives. WHAT??? No "Most Likely to Succeed"? No "Biggest Flirt"? It's like a high school right of passage! (I was thisclose to getting "Most Dramatic" but, alas, I didn't win.)

In TASTE TEST, my main character, Nora, probably wouldn't have won have superlative -- at least, not if life had remained status quo. Because she leaves and heads to a reality tv cooking show for teens (called Taste Test - hence the title :) ) I think it's possibly that she could have/would have gotten most changed. Nora goes from working the counter at her dad's BBQ stand in North Carolina to cooking for famous culinary figures at a prestigious academy. If that isn't a change, I don't know what is!

One thing I find interesting, though, is that other characters in my WIPs also probably wouldn't have won superlatives. Apparently, I write very "fly under the radar" type of characters. I'm not really sure what that means. :)

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