Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Road Trip: Adult character as YA

Today the intrepid ladies of YA Highway ask: 

What non-YA character would you love to see star in a YA book as themselves?

When I saw this question, I knew my answer immediately. 

And it's not just because Matt Damon is so easy to watch! Seriously! 

It's because I've been toying with the idea of a character who is a "sleeper" and suddenly realizes he/she has been trained for something (like spying/terrorism), but doesn't know what or for whom. Something like Jason Bourne meets Little Nikita (c'mon River Phoenix fans, tell me you remember this one?)

It's one of those ideas that I feel an itch to outline and write a synopsis on NOW, and I just don't have time NOW. Must squeeze it in, because I love this idea. 

What about you? What adult MC would you like to see as a YA protagonist? 

Check out the highway and join in the fun. 


  1. Definitely an interesting choice - that would make for an exciting read!

  2. Good choice and story should definitely keep scratching away at that one.

  3. Nice choice! And the story idea? AWESOME! I hope you get a chance to write it all out 'cause I'm dying to read it :D

  4. Hmmm, that's an interesting choice. And I admit, then I've never even thought of that question. Although, I wonder how Ann of Green gables would do in a more modern world.

  5. That sounds like a cool story idea. You should outline it. Even if you just write a couple pages of it so you can remember it and go back to it later.

  6. Your "sleeper" choice is excellent. It would be so much fun to see the training that goes on, with or without the MCs knowledge/

  7. Thanks Jennifer and Jennifer-- if only I had more time. I need to get busier!

    You will Quita-- some day soon I hope?

    Angela- Anne is an interesting choice. So hard to imagine her as modern, but that feisty spirit is timeless, right?

    True Carrie. So true! I'll do it!

    Thanks Rebecca-- I love the idea.

  8. I'm liking the idea KO; I hope we get to hear more about it in the future when you have the time to dedicate to the story!

  9. Wow, everyone's coming up with such awesome choices! I agree with Quita--I want to read that so bad!

  10. I'm still haven't figured out who I'd want to see as a teen. I've been thinking all day.

  11. I don't know why, but this just made me think of that Sherlock Holmes as a teen series that recently came out. Has anyone read it?

  12. That would be very cool. I love the idea of a sleeper YA (the sleeper episode of Torchwood was one of my favorites in that series).

  13. That sounds like an interesting story idea. Never seen Little Nikita though (sorry!).

    You commented on my Persuasion/Anne Elliot post- I actually am already writing the story- I just decided to do it adult instead of YA. I love the story too- it's such a good one and not a well-known Austen.

  14. Great choice! For some reason my brain didn't go to adult novels, but I'm thinking of a few now.

    And yes...could stare at Matt Damon all day.

  15. Great choices. But i was a bit distracted by Matt Damon!

  16. Sophia- I will try to hammer out an outline ASAP.

    Pam- of course you can read it. I just need about 4 months...

    Alicia- I like what you came up with!

    Sarah, I hadn't heard of that one, but it sounds cool. I love his analytic mind, and would love to see that as a teen.

    Kathleen- I haven't seen that Torchwood! But I love Capt Jack!

    Melanie-- how cool! I hope you reawaken this story for the current generation-- adult or YA, no matter. I so adore Wentworth. It's a great story, and my favorite of Austen's.

    Thanks Alison, and isn't he a pleasure to watch?!

  17. Beck- ha! That's his job, and he's good at it!

    Thanks Connie! But as I'm sure you know, ideas are one thing... execution another. :0)

  18. Taylor Lautner is trying on some Bourne in his new one "Abduction". Not sure how that will work yet, though.


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