I think it’s about time we addressed mine and probably most YA reader’s favourite topic: The YA love interest. You would know him anywhere. He’s the often gorgeous bad boy with a mysterious past that every girl wants but only our MC can have. Or he’s the sensitive, often artistic soul, who is too tortured for everyone but our MC to understand. Or he’s the nice guy with the great sense of humour who our MC isn’t really that interested in until almost the end of the book when she finally see he or what he truly is. You’re getting my drift here aren’t you?
The YA love interest is elusive. What works for one reader doesn’t necessarily work for another. Which is why the YA love triangle is so prevalent. Writers are smart cookies. They know they will maintain readership better if they have two love interests that readers could possible like.
Where do you guys swing on the YA love interest personality meter? Are there any other common personalities you can think of? I am a sucker for the bad boy. I prefer Dimitri to Adrian, Gale to Peeta…etc
*Side note: Have maybe answered why I can’t seem to cross the best friend line easily. The best friend tends to always been the “nice” guy trying to win the MC over from said bad boy. Never works well for me.