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February 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Snark and Circumstance by Stephanie Wardrop – Guest Post

Hey all!  Thanks for stopping by for our Tour Stop for

Snark and Circumstance by Stephanie Wardrop

presented by Swoon Romance!

Today, we have author, Stephanie Wardrop stop by and talk about
How Readers Identify with YA Heroines!

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One superior smirk from Michael Endicott convinces sixteen-year-old Georgia Barrett that the Devil wears Polo. His family may have founded the postcard-perfect New England town they live in, but Georgia’s not impressed. Even if he is smart, good looking, and can return Georgia’s barbs as deftly as he returns serves on his family’s tennis courts. After all, if Michael actually thinks she refuses to participate in lab dissections just to mess with his grade, he’s a little too sure that he’s the center of the universe. Could there be more to Michael Endicott than smirks and sarcasm? If Georgia can cut the snark long enough, she just might find out.

Snark and Circumstance is the first title in the Snark and Circumstance series of young adult romance novellas from Stephanie Wardrop. First title available 2.5.13.

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Publication Date:  February 5, 2013
Publisher:  Swoon Romance

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How Readers Identify with YA Heroines

 

One reason we like books so much is they provide a place for us to spend some time away from our real world.  The also provide a personality we can try on and inhabit for as long as we are reading and even beyond, as we imagine ourselves to be a character or two.

 

 Freud called it the “ego ideal”, this finding a character in a book or a film that fits what we would like ourselves to be.  Someone like us, only better.

More brave, perhaps.

I am no Katniss Everdeen.  Not by a long-shot (and only in part because Katniss would never make a pun like that).  My grandfather was a hunter, and I absolutely hated listening to his stories of bringing down unsuspecting bucks.  I would not have lasted ten seconds in the Hunger Games. If I managed to make it out of that tube and onto the playing field alive I would have had to run like a cheetah on meth, and I don’t think I’m that fast on my best day.  Plus, I’m afraid of heights, so I could not have lived in the trees like Rue.  My only chance would be in hiding and outlasting everybody, like Foxface.

And therein lies the pleasure of reading books; while I am reading, I am, simultaneously, Katniss and Rue and Foxface.  And maybe even Peeta because I like to bake and believe I would want to hold on to my humanity more than survive in a situation as hellish as the Games.

Or your ego ideal is incredibly, even improbably, desirable.

I moved to a new school when I was in fifth grade and I was not met with the fanfare that accompanied Bella Swan’s move to Forks. Boys and girls did not line up in the hallways to stare at me because they sensed, without my ever having had to say or do anything, that I am inherently fabulous.  So fabulous, in fact, that the hottie one-hundred-plus-year-old vampire who doesn’t talk to anybody is utterly powerless to my allure.  It’s easy to make fun of Twilight for this implausibility, but therein lies its appeal:  we all want to be loved and to be considered special.  And when we’re adolescents, we may want that even more, and find it even harder to achieve. But as vicarious Bellas, we get to experience this phenomenon.  And have two guys fight over our awesomeness.

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That’s a pretty good deal for the cost of a book.  We can be, by proxy, anyone we would like to be – or even people we would not like to be.  And that’s a very powerful thing, especially since we can remember it and embellish it as long as we want to, long after we’ve closed the last page.   And we can take what we’ve experienced and learned and incorporate it into ourselves if we’d like.

“Lost in a book” isn’t being lost.

Sometimes it’s how we find ourselves.

 


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