Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Guest Post: Book Boyfriends and Literary Crushes by Stephanie Wardrop

Release Date: February 5, 2013
Publisher: Swoon Romance

About the book: 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.

About the Author: Stephanie Wardrop grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania where she started writing stories when she ran out of books to read.  She’s always wanted to be a writer, except during the brief period of her childhood in which piracy seemed like the most enticing career option -- and if she had known then that there actually were “girl” pirates way back when, things might have turned out very differently.  She currently teaches writing and literature at Western New England University  and lives in a town not unlike the setting of Snark and Circumstance with her husband, two kids, and five cats.  With a book out – finally – she might be hitting the high seas any day now.


Sometimes the purely fictional status of a partner is not a negative but a plus.    They’re available when you want them and otherwise occupied when you don’t, they always want to do what you want to do, and they will never ask if you were really planning to wear that out of the house.

And part of the fun of writing a romance like Snark and Circumstance was in making Mr. Right.

So here are a few of the literary crushes I’ve enjoyed over many years of reading.

My first literary crush was probably Nat from Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond.  He was smart, unconventional, tolerant of Quakers and suspected witches, and he rescues the heroine from prison and takes her away on his ship to someplace warmer and more exotic than Puritan New England. I’d still jump on that ship today.

I hesitate to admit it since Snark is an homage to Pride and Prejudice, but I was never a huge fan of Mr. Darcy myself (until he was played by Colin Firth.  Then I was onboard that ship, too).  And I am no fan of Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff, the Byronic prototype for the angry, violent guy who just can’t express his feelings except by choking puppies.  (Though I love the book).

My nineteenth-century man was Will Ladislaw from Middlemarch He was artistic, rebellious, supportive of Dorothea’s right to personhood and passion, and he had great hair (or at least I imagined he did).

Of the Modernists I had a soft spot for poor doomed Quentin Compson, because nobody who loves his sister that much can be anything but good, and if you think that is creepy, 

I assure you that every time I have taught The Sound and the Fury, I have uncovered a large number of sophomore, junior, and senior college women who would love to take Quentin’s hand and talk him off of that bridge.  But a better bet for lasting happiness would be George from EM Forster’s A Room with a View.  He was playful, caring, 

and wonderfully open.  You could have a good time with George and not feel bad about it the next day.  And if he looked like Julian Sands, who played him in the Merchant Ivory film, you could do a lot worse.

Finally, lest we maintain a heterosexist bias here, and assume that all romance occurs solely between men and women, I present Rita Mae Brown’s Molly Bolt as my number 

one girl crush.  In Rubyfruit Jungle, Molly made even the most homophobic woman in her life succumb to the power of her charms.  This makes her not just crushable but also my favorite superhero of sorts.

So there you have it.   Are there any literary characters you’re crushin’ on?  Tell me at my Facebook page, Stephanie Wardrop, YA Author, or tweet me at s_wardrop.

1 comment:

  1. Nat was my first book crush, too! I loved him! (And I think it was before I'd started having crushes on real people.) :)



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