Thursday, July 22, 2010

It’s a Love Story…

This week, we continue with our guest posts from the fabulous Melissa Hill, winner of GotYA's Do the Write Thing for Nashville auction item. Be sure to look for Melissa's final post in September.

It’s one month until the much anticipated release of Mockingjay (If you haven’t read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, what are you waiting for???), and it had me thinking about why I read YA. To quote Rosie O’Donnell’s character, Becky, from one of my all-time favorite movies—Sleepless in Seattle:

“You don’t want to fall in love. You want to fall in love in a movie.” Or in my case a book. There is something magical about falling in love. And especially for the first time. It’s something you never forget. Reading YA gives me the opportunity to fall in love (for the first time) again and again.

So I thought I would share a few of my favorite romances with you:

Romeo and Juliet—I wonder if Shakespeare knew he was writing the prototypic YA couple whom all others would be compared to.

Seth and Aislinn (Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr)—Seth is laid back and totally devoted to Aislinn. And he makes the whole body piercing thing very sexy.

Clary and Jace (The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare)—Okay, it’s Jace. I don’t think I need to say anything else.

Gemma and Kartik (A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray)—The whole series is a little frustrating. Will they ever get together? But then they do and the scene is totally worth it. Even if it is short lived.

Ever and Damen (The Immortals by Alyson Noël) —Damen is patient and understanding and Ever is willing to do just about anything to be with him.

That brings me back to Mockingjay. Is it August yet? One could argue that The Hunger Games is about much more than a love story. And while I agree, the romantic in me still desperately wants to know who Katniss will choose? Peeta or Gale???

So you guys tell me, who are you favorite YA couples?


Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

For me, there are just too many to list here! I really enjoyed Ethan and Lena in Beautiful Creatures. You're right- YA gets the whole falling in love thing so well! I always feel embarrassed to find myself shopping with teenagers in the YA section of the bookstore, but I can't stay away from YA!


LM Preston said...

Romance :-D in YA is just expressed so deeply, recklessly and addictive.

Kathleen said...

Great post Melissa.

Hmmm. I'm going to go old school and say Anne and Gilbert.

Debra Driza said...

I love just about any romance in a novel, YA or otherwise. I'm kind of stuck on the whole Vampire Academy love triangle between Rose, Adrian and Dimitri, though.

Cough, Edward and Bella, cough. Wait, who said that?


Mel said...

ACP-I enjoyed Beautiful Creatures too!
Debra- Edward and Bella will always be a weakness for me too!

Bee said...

Ah, this is such a lovely post.
Favourite YA couple? There are so many...I'll go with Lochan and Maya from Forbidden.

JEM said...

Good post! I love a good epic couple, whatever their relationship may be. And the Gale/Peeta argument drives me crazy because I don't even know who I would choose! I love them both!

J.S. Wood said...

Jay and Violet from The Body Finder. What a wonderful way to experience first love.

Thanks for the great post!

Hmath said...

Kathleen's spot on with Anne and Gilbert...

I'm team Peeta.

And, because I can't resist the opening for my fav. Simpsons quote:

Millhouse -"I don't understand, we started out like Romeo and Juliet but it ended in tragedy."

Leah said...

Katniss/Peeta is one of my fave couples. I just adore them!

There's a few others I like, like Wanda and Ian from the Host; Sam and Kent from Before I Fall; Zane and Tally from Pretties.

Yes, romance in YA makes me giddy.

Great post!!

Jamie B said...

Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility. Lots of tension there! And Col. Brandon as the strong, patient hero who tames Marianne in the end.

Mel said...

Jane Austen is the romance expert. I have a huge crush on Mr. Darcy

Stina Lindenblatt said...

LOL. I've read them all (though I'm still bummed at the ending of The Sweet Far Thing). :D

You're lucky in the US. Apparently Mockingjay isn't coming out in Canada until a week later. The publisher recently changed the date. :(

Roh Morgon said...

I just finished reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Cried for the last fourth of the book, even though I was pretty sure all would work out (but not 100%).

So, yeah, Sam and Grace definitely need to be on this list!